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The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois

Robert Storr

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The most comprehensive survey ever of the work and life of Louise Bourgeois (much of which was written in collaboration with the artist herself) presented in a beautiful carry-case

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Louise Bourgeois was a prolific artist known for her highly personal body of work consisting of sculptures, installations, drawing and prints that deal with themes of memory, trauma, fear and hidden emotion.

Bourgeois first received international acclaim in the 1990s, when the artist was in her eighties, for her ambitious series of Cells: small room-like sculptures containing arrangements of symbolic objects intended to elicit emotional and psychological responses in the viewer. Here, for the first time, her vast œuvre is interwoven with a fascinating discussion of the full range of ideas, emotions and experiences that inspired the creation of her work.

Renowned critic and curator Robert Storr, acknowledged as Bourgeois’s leading interpreter, presents a chronological account of the artist’s career, weaving in thematic discussions accompanied by sequential ‘portfolios’ of the artist’s work.

An introduction outlining the artist’s career is followed by chapters examining her childhood; Bourgeois’s education, early career and emigration to the US; her mid-career ‘disappearance’ and her gradual return to prominence during the 1980s; and her late career as high-profile celebrity artist, exhibiting across the world until her death in 2011. The final chapter examines Bourgeois’s profound and ongoing artistic legacy.

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'More than a thousand illustrations and writings from Bourgeois's close personal friend, art critic Robert Storr, illuminate the late work and life of the artist'
Publishers Weekly

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Book Details

Format: Hardback (no jacket) in a carry-case

Size: 33.0 x 28.0 cm

Extent: 828 pp

Publication date: 15 September 2016

ISBN: 9780500093849

Contents List

Introduction: ‘The Sleepless Sleeper’ • I. The Family Romance: 1911–1932 • 2. One and Others: 1932–late 1940s • 3. Inside-Outside: Late 1940s–mid 1960s • 4. Janus: Late 1960s–1980s • 5. Femme-Maison: 1990s–2010 • Portfolio: later 1990s, through 2010 (works other than Cells) • Envoi: Bourgeois’s artistic legacy

About the Author

Robert Storr is among the most esteemed curators and critical writers on art today. He was appointed professor of painting/printmaking and dean of the Yale School of Art in 2006 and is also Consulting Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.