Louise Bourgeois: Persistent Antagonism
Stella Rollig, Sabine Fellner, Johanna Hofer; Louise Bourgeois, Bice Curiger, Sabine Fellner, Johanna Hofer, Ulf Küster, Stella Rollig, John Yau (Eds.)
Belvedere Vienna & Watther und Franz König, 2023
Louise Bourgeoisʼs early paintings in the context of her extensive artistic oeuvre: the catalogue for the exhibition at the Belvedere in Vienna places Bourgeoisʼs paintings in dialogue with a selection of sculptures, installations, drawings, and prints from all periods of her storied career. By the 1990s, the Franco-American artist had won global renown for her artistic achievements, becoming famous for her monumental spider sculptures and room-sized Cells. But it was in her oil paintings made between 1938 and 1949 that Bourgeois, now considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, first developed the formal vocabulary and defined the thematic concerns that she would continue to explore over the following seven decades. In an oeuvre which covered a wide range of formal and material experimentation, Bourgeois succeeded in expressing contradictory impulses and binary oppositions—figuration and abstraction, male and female, conscious and unconscious—within a single work.