13 Mar - 4 Sep 2016
For its inaugural presentation in Los Angeles, the Hauser & Wirth Book & Printed Matter Lab presents a display of documents from The Easton Foundation related to Louise Bourgeois’s early work, her own reading and interest in print making. This display unfolds in three chapters that each reveals the importance of print and illustration in Bourgeois’s life and early career, and explore how these things influenced her sculptural works on display in ‘Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016.’ The Book Lab also offers a unique look at documents exemplifying Bourgeois’s written considerations of creativity and her identity as a woman.
Born in France in 1911, and working in America from 1938 until her death in 2010, Louise Bourgeois is recognized as one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th Century. For over seven decades, Bourgeois’s creative process was fueled by an introspective reality, often rooted in cathartic re-visitations of early childhood trauma and frank examinations of female sexuality. Articulated by recurrent motifs (including body parts, houses and spiders), personal symbolism and psychological release, the conceptual and stylistic complexity of Bourgeois’s oeuvre—employing a variety of genres, media and materials—plays upon the powers of association, memory, fantasy, and fear.