le défi, 1991. painted wood, glass, and electrical  – © louise bourgeois licensed by VAGA, new york, NY

louise bourgeois
at: guggenheim museum, new york
from: june 27 – september, 2008

the louise bourgeois show currently on show at the guggenheim museum, new york provides a retrospective of the artists entire career. the exhibition fills the entire frank lloyd wright rotunda and one adjacent gallery, and is the most comprehensive examination to date of bourgeois’s long and distinguished career.

 louise bourgeois at the guggenheim museum, new york untitled 1986 watercolour, ink, oil, charcoal and pencil on paper – © louise bourgeois photo: christopher burke

text from guggenheim:

born almost a century ago, louise bourgeois has remained steadfastly at the vanguard of the development of contemporary art for more than 70 years, and continues to create new bodies of work with characteristic energy and restless innovation. throughout a career that has intersected with many of the leading avant-garde movements of the 20th century, including surrealism, abstract expressionism, and post-minimalism, she has remained resolutely committed to a singular creative vision.

louise bourgeois at the guggenheim museum, new york arch of hysteria 1993, polished bronze – © louise bourgeois photo: christopher burke

although her oeuvre includes painting, drawing, printmaking, and performance, bourgeois is best known for her sculptures, which range in scale from the intimate to the monumental, and across a diverse array of mediums including wood, bronze, latex, marble, and fabric. moving freely between abstraction and figuration, she has developed a richly symbolic visual idiom that encompasses totemic forms, ambiguously gendered anatomical fragments, and towering spiders, as well as the assemblages of found objects that are encased in her environmental-scale installations.

this exhibition is organized by the solomon r. guggenheim foundation in association with tate modern, london,

and centre pompidou, paris. images shown: tate modern

louise bourgeois at the guggenheim museum, new york spider 2003, stainless steel and fabric – © louise bourgeois photo: christopher burke

louise bourgeois at the guggenheim museum, new york untitled 1986 watercolour, ink, oil, charcoal and pencil on paper © louise bourgeois photo: christopher burke

louise bourgeois at the guggenheim museum, new york femme maison 1994, white marble – © louise bourgeois photo: christopher burke

louise bourgeois at the guggenheim museum, new york louise bourgeois in 1990 with her marble sculpture eye to eye (1970). © louise bourgeois photo: raimon ramis

more info

guggenheim museum: http://www.guggenheim.org