Louise Bourgeois at Cheim & Read

Louise Bourgeois, Installation view of “ECHO.” Courtesy Cheim & Read.

While the major exhibition Louise Bourgeois is still on view at the Guggenheim, a display of recent sculptures and gouaches by the Season 2 artist recently opened at Cheim & Read. The sculptures, entitled Echo, date from 2007 and are anthropomorphous like the artist’s early Personages of the 1940s and 1950s. “Cast from discarded clothing that Bourgeois has variously stretched, sewn, draped and piled into abstract, organic forms, the bronzes are then painted white to give a ghostly aura to the textured surfaces.” Bourgeois began using her clothing as material for her art in the mid-1990s.

Also dating from 2007, Bourgeois’s gouaches depict the processes of motherhood, from conception and pregnancy to birth and beyond. Her blood red paint is “at once bodily and ethereal—the paint, applied ‘wet-on-wet,’ was allowed to bleed and coalesce, leaving a range of organic, accidental marks that complement the corporeal nature of the imagery.” Read the complete press release here.

Echo, on view through November 1, is accompanied by a full-color catalogue with writings by the artist and an essay by Dave Hickey.

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Nicole J. Caruth is the digital content editor at ART21 and editor of the ART21 Magazine. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications, including ARTnews, C Magazine, Gastronomica, Public Art Review, and the Phaidon Press books Vitamin Green and Vitamin D2. A regular contributor to this site since 2008, she joined the ART21 staff in 2013.

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