GO SEE: Louise Bourgeois, La Rivière Gentille, at Hauser & Wirth, Zürich, June 1 through July 26, and Retrospective at Guggenheim, New York, June 27th through September 28th

June 15th, 2008

La Rivière Gentille, 2007 via Hauser & Wirth

Hauser & Wirth, Zürich, is currently displaying a new series of works on paper, La Rivière Gentille (2007), by Louise Bourgeois. The exhibit, featuring 42 mixed-media works by the contemporary master mostly known for sculpture, evokes the dual nature of water and memory through imagery and text. The installation wraps around the gallery, reinforcing Bourgeois’ long-held emphasis on architectural and psychological spaces. This show coincides with the traveling, full-career Bourgeois retrospective that visits New York this summer.

Bourgeois Retrospective at Centre Pompidou [moreintelligentlife.com]
La Rivière Gentille in Zurich [Hauser & Wirth]
Louise Bourgeois at Guggenheim [Guggenheim Museum]
Bourgeois Spider Sells for Record $4.5 Million [Bloomberg]
Louise Bourgeois: A Retrospective [Art:21 Blog]

Spider, 1997 via Tate Modern

Louise Bourgeois, the massive retrospective coming to New York June 27th, spans the artist’s over 70 year career of works in a variety of media. Filling the entire Frank Lloyd Wright Rotunda and one adjacent gallery at the Guggenheim, this exhibit will showcase a wealth of masterpieces by the 96 year old artist. Producing works often in dialog with their contemporary twentieth-century movements such as Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Feminism, Post-Minimalism, and Installation Art, Bourgeois’ career has been defined by her inability to be fixedly categorized and her constant investigation of memory.

Louise Bourgeois with Fillette (1968), photo by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1982 via San Francisco Sentinel

This large retrospective, the most comprehensive to date, opened last year at the Tate Modern in London and recently traveled to the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Following this summer’s exhibition at the Guggenheim, the show will travel to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.