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The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA Ocula Report The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at LACMA 18 Jan 2019 : Perwana Nazif for Ocula

The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (9 December 2018–23 June 2019) is billed as the first comprehensive survey of Sri Lankan art organised by a U.S. museum, with around 240 works—including decorative objects, textiles, photographs, and historical works from the museum's own collection of Sri Lankan...

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Ellen Pau Ocula Conversation Ellen Pau Artist

A radiographer by training, Ellen Pau is a self-taught artist who emerged from Hong Kong's fledgling contemporary art scene of the late 1980s, when video was a comparatively nascent medium. In 1986, Pau co-founded Videotage—a non-profit organisation that specialises in the promotion and preservation of video and new media art. Pau has an...

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Singapore Art Week: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Singapore Art Week: Exhibitions to See 18 Jan 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

S.E.A. Focus, the new boutique art fair by STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery, will take centre stage during this year's Singapore Art Week (19–27 January 2019). Running between 24 and 27 January 2019, 26 galleries will participate in the inaugural edition, showcasing modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art within a pop-up structure in...

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Louise Bourgeois

(1911 - 2010), France

Louise Bourgeois was a French American artist who worked across a variety of media including sculpture, installation, painting, and printmaking. Beginning her studies in mathematics then abandoning them in favour of art, Bourgeois studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and the Grande Chaumiére in Paris where she was mentored in part by artist Fernand Léger.

Much of Bourgeois’ work is autobiographical, recalling her own experiences with family life, domesticity, and growing up in France, as well as dealing with themes such as the body, sexuality, death, and the subconscious. As a student, Bourgeois recalled her father’s infidelities when seeking inspiration for her works, and continued to explore similar themes throughout her career. Destruction of the Father, an installation produced in 1974 where the abstract figures of children have overcome their father’s control in order to murder and eat him, demonstrates the power dynamic between a father and his offspring.

Constantly looking inward for themes to guide her works, the affectionate and nurturing qualities of the artist’s mother can be seen in works such as the giant spider sculpture Maman, which alludes to her mother’s practice as a weaver and to her protective nature. Her use of the spider form is unusual for in general, the human form and condition, as well as the emotional trauma that sprung from her childhood, are central to Bourgeois’ practice.

Bourgeois has been the subject of solo exhibitions at several major institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1994); the Tate Modern, London (2000); the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2001); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2002); Dia center for the Arts, New York (2003); and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2003). Major retrospectives of the artist’s work have been held at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; The Brooklyn Museum; and The Kunstverein, Frankfurt. Bourgeois was chosen to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale in 1993.

Frances Hodgson | Ocula | 2016

Featured Artworks

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Cell XXIV (Portrait) by Louise Bourgeois contemporary artwork Louise BourgeoisCell XXIV (Portrait), 2001 Steel, stainless steel, glass, wood and fabric
177.8 x 106.7 x 106.7 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Blind man's buff by Louise Bourgeois contemporary artwork Louise BourgeoisBlind man's buff, 1984 Bronze, silver nitrate patina
43 x 41 x 39 cm
Xavier Hufkens
THE ENDLESS LOOP by Louise Bourgeois contemporary artwork Louise BourgeoisTHE ENDLESS LOOP, 2008 Archival dyes, fabric and metal snaps on fabric
44.5 x 59.7 x 3.8 cm
Cheim & Read
UNTITLED by Louise Bourgeois contemporary artwork Louise BourgeoisUNTITLED, c. 1970 Paint on board
Cheim & Read
SPIRAL by Louise Bourgeois contemporary artwork Louise BourgeoisSPIRAL, 2009 Gouache on paper
59.7 x 45.7 cm
Cheim & Read
UNTITLED by Louise Bourgeois contemporary artwork Louise BourgeoisUNTITLED, 2004 Aluminium
166.4 x 106.7 x 63.5 cm
Cheim & Read

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Louise Bourgeois, Papillons Noirs at Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz
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28 December 2018–10 February 2019 Louise Bourgeois Papillons Noirs Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz
Contemporary art exhibition, Louise Bourgeois, Louise Bourgeois: Spiral at Cheim & Read, New York
8 November–22 December 2018 Louise Bourgeois Louise Bourgeois: Spiral Cheim & Read, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art at David Zwirner, New York
12 September–27 October 2018 Group Exhibition Endless Enigma: Eight Centuries of Fantastic Art David Zwirner, 20th Street, New York

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Shanghai Art Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Shanghai Art Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown 2 Nov 2018 : Sam Gaskin for Ocula

There is no official Shanghai Art Week, but the term has nevertheless entered the lexicon of the city's contemporary art community. It's especially apt this year, with the firmly established West Bund Art Fair (8–11 November 2018) and Art021 (9–11 November 2018) taking place the same week that the 12th Shanghai Biennale opens at the Power Station...

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Art Basil [sic] Ocula Report Art Basil [sic] 31 Mar 2016 : Diana d'Arenberg for Ocula

I was Brainwashed the Friday before Art Basel Hong Kong kicked off. French street artist, Mr. Brainwash, was holding court—to an audience full of Hong Kong society types, complete with bodyguards, and media—with a spray can in a graffiti decorated shell-space in Lan Kwai Fong. It was one of several property developer-artist...

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Spiraling into Louise Bourgeois’ Inner Realm Related Press Spiraling into Louise Bourgeois’ Inner Realm Galerie Magazine : 14 December 2018

Celebrated for her giant sculptural spiders, stitched together fabric figures and psychologically charged cell installations, Louise Bourgeois continually found inspiration for her artwork in her troubled childhood. Although most people associate the revered artist, who died in 2010 at 98, with figuration, there was another, more formal side to her...

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Louise Bourgeois’s “The Empty House” Related Press Louise Bourgeois’s “The Empty House” Art Agenda : 5 July 2018

It's intimidating to review the work of an artist the stature of Louise Bourgeois, about whom so much has been written, to whom so much has been ascribed. Bourgeois's life spanned nearly the entire twentieth century and helped redefine what a (feminist) artistic practice can be, how art can intertwine with life.

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Louise Bourgeois Was More Than a Sculptor Related Press Louise Bourgeois Was More Than a Sculptor The New Yorker : 22 September 2017

Louise Bourgeois is best known for spiders. Big ones, like the twenty-two-foot-tall steel marvel from 1997, which was installed this week in Moma’s atrium, where it’s already being toasted on Instagram. It hovers protectively over a wire-mesh enclosure housing a mysterious assemblage (of bone, gold, wood, silver, rubber, and glass), and it’s draped...

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The Print Legacy of Louise Bourgeois Unfolds at MoMA Related Press The Print Legacy of Louise Bourgeois Unfolds at MoMA Hyperallergic : 20 September 2017

Louise Bourgeois remains best known for her spider sculptures, cell installations, and uncanny sewn figures, but print- and book-making sustained her practice for decades. Beginning with tightly composed, precise, and Surrealist-inspired etchings and engravings in the 1940s, through the illustrated books and fabric prints she created in the ensuing...

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In Related Video

Louise Bourgeois, The Three Graces, 1947 Related Video & Audio Louise Bourgeois, The Three Graces, 1947 Hauser & Wirth : 4 June 2018

‘Art was for Louise a system of self-knowledge ... of discharging tensions and anxieties, of exorcising early traumas.’Philip Larratt-Smith discusses Louise Bourgeois’s sculpture The Three Graces (1947), included in Hauser & Wirth’s presentation at Art Basel. A poignant example from the artist’s seminal series of iconic works entitled...

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Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Related Video & Audio Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Hauser & Wirth : 17 February 2018

Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky is an intimate presentation of never before exhibited works on paper from the final years of the artist’s life, created between 2007 and 2009, with words and images mining Bourgeois’s central themes of memory, trauma, nature, and the body.

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