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Fantastic Reality


Author : Mignon Nixon
language : en
Publisher: MIT Press
Release Date : 2005

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A critical study of Louise Bourgeois's art from the 1940s to the 1980s: its departure from surrealism and its dialogue with psychoanalysis.

Louise Bourgeois Spider


Author : Mieke Bal
language : en
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release Date : 2001-06-29

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The sculptor Louise Bourgeois is best known for her monumental abstract sculptures, one of the most striking of which is the installation Spider (1997). Too vast in scale to be viewed all at once, this elusive structure resists simple narration. It fits both no genre and all of them—architecture, sculpture, installation. Its contents and associations evoke social issues without being reducible to any one of them. Here, literary critic and theorist Mieke Bal presents the work as a theoretical object, one that can teach us how to think, speak, and write about art. Known for her commentary on the issue of temporality in art, Bal argues that art must be understood in relationship to the present time of viewing as opposed to the less-immediate contexts of what has preceded the viewing, such as the historical past of influences and art movements, biography and interpretation. In ten short chapters, or "takes," Bal demonstrates that the closer the engagement with the work of art, the more adequate the result of the analysis. She also confronts issues of biography and autobiography—key themes in Bourgeois's work—and evaluates the consequences of "ahistorical" experiences for art criticism, drawing on diverse sources such as Bernini and Benjamin, Homer and Eisenstein. This short, beautiful book offers both a theoretical model for analyzing art "out of context" and a meditation on a key work by one of the most engaging artists of our era.

Bourgeois


Author : Louise Bourgeois
language : en
Publisher: Vintage
Release Date : 1988

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Briefly describes Louise Bourgeois life and background, and shares her comments on her approach to art and the influences on her work

Louise Bourgeois


Author : Louise Bourgeois
language : en
Publisher: St Louis City Art Museum
Release Date : 1994

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Midwifery And Medicine In Early Modern France


Author : Wendy Perkins
language : en
Publisher: University of Exeter Press
Release Date : 1996-01-01

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An account of the work, writings and career of Louise Bourgeois, who had a flourishing midwifery practice at the French royal court at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Bourgeois was notable as a successful and articulate woman practitioner and author. Perkins, who is an expert on French literature, has integrated into her account recent work of social historians on medicine: on the medical market place, on patient-doctor relations, especially between women and medical practitioners, and on the social construction of the body.

Louise Bourgeois


Author : Christiane Meyer-Thoss
language : de
Publisher: Distributed Art Pub Incorporated
Release Date : 1992

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Cloth Lullaby


Author : Amy Novesky
language : en
Publisher: Abrams
Release Date : 2016-03-01

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Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) was a world-renowned modern artist noted for her sculptures made of wood, steel, stone, and cast rubber. Her most famous spider sculpture, Maman, stands more than 30 feet high. Just as spiders spin and repair their webs, Louise’s own mother was a weaver of tapestries. Louise spent her childhood in France as an apprentice to her mother before she became a tapestry artist herself. She worked with fabric throughout her career, and this biographical picture book shows how Bourgeois’s childhood experiences weaving with her loving, nurturing mother provided the inspiration for her most famous works. With a beautifully nuanced and poetic story, this book stunningly captures the relationship between mother and daughter and illuminates how memories are woven into us all.