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 Bourgeois, Louise (1911 - 2010)
France

Torso, Self Portrait, 1963-64

Bronze with white patina;
58.1 x 38.6 x 16.5 cm
New American Sculpture

UID 102-71



Biography

The French painter, sculpter, engraver and designer, Louise Bourgeois began her artistic career at her parents' tapestry restoring workshop. She studied Maths at the Sorbonne before deciding on the Arts. In 1938, she moved to New York where she studied painting for two years and joined the Art Students League. Her work was shown at the Brooklyn Museum Print Exhibition in 1939 and, during the Second World War, she worked with various Europeans artists such as Joan Miró and André Masson. Despite having taken part in diverse exhibitions with Abstract Expressionists, Bourgeois has never really been an abstract artist. She produced symbolic objects and drawings which express themes such as loneliness, conflict, frustration and vulnerability. In 1949, she exhibited her sculpture for the first time and, in the 60s and 70s, her work became more sexually explicit. Her work received greater recognition in the 70s as attitudes changed towards feminism and post-modernism. In 1992, she designed the American pavilion at the Venice Biennale and took part in "documenta" 9, in Kassel.



Exhibitions

Portrait of the Artist
Anthony d'Offay Gallery, United Kingdom
25-04-1996 ~ 14-06-1996

O Surrealismo na Colecção Berardo - Estranho Desenho
Palácio da Galeria, Câmara Municipal de Tavira, Portugal
12-07-2003 ~ 14-09-2003

Corpus: Visions of the Body in The Berardo Collection
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
10-10-2003 ~ 13-03-2004

Accrochage Nº1, Selection of Portuguese and French Artists in The Berardo Collection
Embaixada de França (French Embassy), Portugal
27-04-2005 ~ 15-10-2005

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000

A Look at The Berardo Collection
Museu de José Malhoa, Portugal
23-07-2001 ~ 26-10-2001

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
22-10-2002 ~ 28-02-2003

A Look at The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
18-06-2000 ~ 30-09-2000

O Surrealismo na Colecção Berardo - Estranho Desenho, Sintra
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
04-07-2001 ~ 30-06-2001

Sin Título (el arte del siglo XX en la Colección Berardo)
Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Spain
29-06-2006 ~ 26-11-2006

Berardo Museum Opening
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
25-06-2007 ~ 24-08-2008

A Colecção Berardo a partir do Atelier Brancusi
Galeria Jornal de Notícias, Portugal
26-01-2007 ~ 24-03-2007

Fragmentos Arte Contemporânea na Colecção Berardo
MACE, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Portugal
24-09-2010 ~ 23-01-2011

Observers
Museu Colecção Berardo, Portugal
14-02-2011 ~ 29-05-2011


Bibliography

Accrochage Nº1, Selection of Portuguese and French Artists in The Berardo Collection, 2005
Published by 90 Graus Editora, Lda.
ISBN 9728964013

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

Corpus: Visions of the Body in The Berardo Collection, 2003
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 9728176856

O Surrealismo na Colecção Berardo - Estranho Desenho, 2001
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729742847

O Surrealismo na Colecção Berardo - Estranho Desenho, 2003
Published by Palácio da Galeria, Câmara Municipal de Tavira
ISBN 9728705050

Sin Título (el arte del siglo XX en la Colección Berardo), 2006
Published by Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza
ISBN 8495892529

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo, 2002
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972974288X

A Look at The Berardo Collection, 2000
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729742839







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