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Louise Bourgeois

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Louise Bourgeois is among the most prominent contemporary sculptors. Strongly influenced by surrealism, abstract expressionism, and minimalism, her work focuses on the exploration of her psyche. A recurring theme is her troubled childhood and difficult relationship with her father. Despite early success, she did not receive widespread acclaim until the ’70s. Her 1982 exhib ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 18th 2008 by Rizzoli (first published January 1st 1995)
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Oct 22, 2008 Denise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I love the way this catalog was arranged. It begins with informative essays by an assortment of scholars (of which I still have to read). But the most interesting aspect is that the next 80% of the book comprises a Bourgeois dictionary. It's a novel, fun and surprising strategy for examing this complex work. The reader is given lovely flexibility in how they navigate the terrain of Bourgeois's work. That freedom allows, indeed encourages, wonderful new contextualizations of the artist's work. Lo ...more
Sep 14, 2007 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of this artist or people studying female artists
Aha! I had skimmed another book about this artist but couldn't recall the name of this book. Well, here it is. I'm sure I'm confusing the two books 'cause I skimmed 'em back to back -- I can't recall which one contained more plates (color or otherwise), for example. The contents were interesting, but unless I want to learn more about Bourgeois in the future, I probably wouldn't look at either book again.
Feb 10, 2009 Nicole rated it it was amazing
The Louise Bourgeois retrospective at the Guggenheim was hands down my favorite art exhibit. She is unbelievably talented, and the pieces in this book will stun you. What's great about this text, too, is that it isn't arranged chronologically or biographically so that you can just flip it open and read an intriguing blurb about her life. If you have no idea who she is, you should.
Oct 21, 2011 Rae rated it it was amazing
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I love this book. Not only does it contain a retrospective of many of Bourgeois's works, it contains a quirky glossary of terms that have been meaningful to the artist, followed by selections from interviews, diaries, etc. I could page through this book forever. Of course, I'm smitten with Bourgeois and love her work.
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Aug 11, 2010 Janice rated it really liked it
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Biographic/photographic of the great Louise Bourgeois.
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Jul 22, 2014 Mandy E rated it it was amazing
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a lexicon of bourgeois...
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Marie-Laure Bernadac a été conservateur au musée Picasso de 1981 à 1991. Auteur de l'album Le Musée de Picasso (RMN, 1985) ainsi que du catalogue Picasso y los toros (1993), ell a publié les Ecrits de Picasso (Gallimard/RMN, 1989) et ses Propos sur l'art (Gallimard, 1998). Elle est également coauteur du film réalisé par Didier Baussy, Picasso, 1986. Conservateur en chef au cabinet d'art graphique ...more
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