8/04/2006

Louise Bourgeois


































16 comments:

triple diesel said...

Longevity

JD said...

LOVE. Rocks most every time. Totemic, edgy, funny, kick-ass.

cha said...

Yes!! far from going soft with age.......
Direct with no clutter....

Cooky Blaha said...

sometimes her figuration looks like jan svankmajer (like the bottom piece)

operation enduring artist said...

the search is over! an artist we ALL look up to.
the search is over, the blogmos is silenced, history has been made.

Dennis Matthews said...

you gotta be kidding, the spider lady?

kelli said...

Goble sorry I can't join in. I'm usually just indifferent to artists I don't like with a few exceptions. The totemic nature and simplicity of her work is totally unerotic and devoid of pathos or interest for me. It seems like a Western version of "primitive" art. Leaves me cold the same way Henry Moore does.

Cooky Blaha said...

thats kind of eerie...I was going to launch a subtle attack by calling her work "primitive" but decided against it as I thought I would get railed on. I have seen some stuff by her that I like, but I saw the spider and it left me completely cold. Work that is this personal and self-sustained can be kind of exclusionary in a wierd way. That being said does she still hold open studio every weekend?

Cooky Blaha said...

In some way I like her work for being its own kind of primitive;however, that role can be viewed as problematic when considering her self-awareness. To pull off having a conversation only with oneself is a very difficult task.

kelli said...

Feeling by Freud through a Western conception of primitive art
Mary Gaitskill finally wrote another book. Only 4 books in twenty years: brutal, perfect and complex. The opposite of fake primitivism and simplicity in art. And she said better than I can something about simplicity:
"His body reduced to a dumb totem with a single meaning.And Veronica,her ugly face,her proofreader's kit, her rulers, her box of colored pencils, her prissiness which denied the shit of the world and so drew it down upon herself"

Kate said...

She is brilliant, and "tapped in" to something not primative, but primal, essential. Gets right to the meat of things... fearless. We can only hope to be this simple and deep when we reach her age. I think she just keeps getting better.

kelli said...

essential is the perfect word,
A Freudian biologism Jessica Benjamin has done a good job of dissecting.
The errant daughter dressing up in the father's clothes. The ego trotting out the id in museum spaces.
If I want real feeling I'll look at Durer's Melancholia.

wade said...

Can't remember why I liked her doodles(not poo-poo, but her drawings).

And thanks Kelli, for an excuse to bring up this one by Durer, which just makes you want to draw your own penis even if you don't have one...
Damn he's sexy...

kalm james said...

God Bless Louise Bourgeois, the perennial “Energizer Bunny” of the art world. With a career arc that spans Surrealism to Post-Post-Modernism she's an example of that hardest of all qualities to achieve, longevity. Even though she was relinquished to a supporting role by the power brokers of the art world, she was able to keep working and remain engaged in the scene.

For years now there’s talk of just how much she is involved in the actual making the work, but at her age even just managing a “workshop” would be remarkable. Word is, several blood-sucking “art writers” are sitting on biographies and major essays just waiting for the fateful day (higher sales for something arriving in books stores posthumously). Let’s hope she out lives them all. Go girl.

adam williams said...

how old is she?

she's up there with picabia and duchamp.

cha said...

about 95? who is the oldest working/ living artist right now?