Louise Bourgeois
Drawing Intimacy
1939 – 2010

Opening reception: Sat 1 Oct, 6 – 8 pm 1 Oct 2022 – 2 Jan 2023 Somerset


Louise Bourgeois is one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th Century. ‘Drawing Intimacy 1939 – 2010’ shares with the viewer an extraordinary grouping of works from the artist’s private collection. Exhibited publicly for the first time, the paintings, sculpture and works on paper reflect Bourgeois’s multiplicity of mind and material. Her exploration of self lives within the dreamscape of touch and expression shared in this exhibition. Embodiment as transient sublimation.

‘Louise Bourgeois. Drawing Intimacy 1939 – 2010’ invites the viewer into the artist’s private world. This exhibition forms a collection of highly personal memories and ideas that in turn reflect the complexity and intimacy of Bourgeois’s practice.

The works presented span the breadth of the artist’s oeuvre, from a rarely exhibited early wall relief and selection of plaster sculptures to previously unseen paintings, drawings, works on paper. Most of the works on paper were made during the last four years of Bourgeois’s life, and often feature words or phrases which evoke associations and memories. The interaction of image and text crystallizes the interplay of past and present.

The exhibition is curated by Benjamin Shiff, who played a major role in the re-emergence of printmaking in Louise Bourgeois’s practice in the late 1980s, and who remained an important force in her creative use of the medium up until her last years.

Unfolding across two galleries in Somerset, ‘Drawing Intimacy 1939 – 2010’ highlights the sensitivity and strength of Bourgeois’s artistic vision: ‘It is not an image I am seeking. It is not an idea. It is an emotion you want to recreate, an emotion of wanting, of giving, and of destroying.’

Join us to celebrate the opening of ‘Louise Bourgeois. Drawing Intimacy 1939 – 2010’ on Saturday 1 October from 6pm. Register your interest here.

Image: Louise Bourgeois, Blue Confrontation (#3), 2006 © The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2022. Photo: Peter Butler

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Sat 1 Oct 2022, 6:00
Opening Reception: Louise Bourgeois and Fabian Peake

Join us to celebrate the opening of two solo exhibitions devoted to the work of Louise Bourgeois and Fabian Peake at Hauser & Wirth Somerset. Louise Bourgeois is one of the most important and influential artists of the twentieth century. Curated by Benjamin Shiff, ‘Louise Bourgeois.…
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About the artist

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 twentieth century. For over seven decades, Bourgeois’s creative process was fueled…

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