Louise Bourgeois
The Red Sky

February 17 - May 20, 2018

Los Angeles

Beginning 17 February, Hauser & Wirth will present ‘Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky,’ the gallery’s first Los Angeles solo exhibition devoted to the legendary French-American artist whose remarkable life yielded what she once described as ‘an exorcism in art.’ ‘The Red Sky’ is an intimate presentation of never before exhibited works on paper from the final years of the artist’s life: six multi-panel works on paper, created between 2007 and 2009, with words and images mining Bourgeois’s central themes of memory, trauma, nature, and the body.

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Internal World: Rebecca Morris in response to Louise Bourgeois

On the occasion of ‘Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky,’ join us for a discussion of this intimate exhibition led by LA-based painter and professor Rebecca Morris. Through her own exploration of the possibility of shape and color and her deep interest in visual language, Morris will pose questions to the group and share insights about Bourgeois’s highly personal works that metabolize emotions through material and text. Known for her fluid approach to abstraction, Morris has said of her own work ‘the process of painting involves a sense of what one wants in their internal world.’ She was a participant of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the Hammer’s ‘Made in LA 2016,’ and is the author of ‘Manifesto: For Abstractionists and Friends of the Non-Objective.’ This drop-in event is not ticketed, however, space is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Check-in begins at 1.15 pm at the Information Desk in the Courtyard. About Rebecca Morris Rebecca Morris was born in 1969 in Honolulu, Hawaii and lives in Los Angeles, California. Morris received a BA from Smith College, a MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and attended The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Internationally recognized, Morris has exhibited her work extensively since the mid 1990s. Solo exhibitions include: Mary Boone Gallery, New York NY (2017); 356 S. Mission Rd., Los Angeles CA (2015); The Bonnefantenmuseum, The Netherlands (2014); Kunsthalle Lingen, Germany (2013); Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin, Germany (2017, 2013, 2009, 2006); Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago IL (2016, 2013); Harris Lieberman, New York NY (2012, 2010); The Renaissance Society, Chicago IL (2005); and Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica CA (2003). Notable group exhibitions include: the 2016 ‘Made in LA: a, the, though, only’ at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles CA; the 2014 Whitney Biennial, New York NY; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA; Victoria Miro Gallery, London, England; Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany; David Zwirner Gallery, New York NY; Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna; The Hessel Art Museum at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York NY; The Pit, Glendale CA; and upcoming at The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus OH. Morris was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as awards from Tiffany Foundation; The California Community Foundation; The City of Los Angeles Individual Artist Award; The Durfee Foundation; Art Matters; and the Illinois Arts Council. She is the author of ‘Manifesto: For Abstractionists and Friends of the Non-Objective’ (2004) and teaches painting at Pasadena City College. Image: Installation view, ‘Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky,’ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 2018. © The Easton Foundation/VAGA, NY. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Mario de Lopez

Family Studio Workshop: Louise Bourgeois

Join us for a hands-on Family Studio Workshop that will explore themes of our exhibition ‘Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky.’ About the Studio For this month’s workshop, families will excavate the visual language of their surroundings – the natural landscape within the Hauser & Wirth garden and the multi-panel works in ‘Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky’ – to inspire their own expressive paintings. Employing a limited watercolor palette of red and blue, participants will sketch garden plants, organic shapes, and even text to mimic the format of Bourgeois’s work and interest in nature and the body. The workshop will be led by Matt MacFarland. Educators will be available every half hour, beginning at 12.30 pm, to guide children and parents on walkthroughs of ‘Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky’ to view the works that inspired this month’s project. About ‘Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky’ ‘The Red Sky’ is an intimate presentation of never before exhibited works on paper from the final years of the artist’s life: six multi-panel works on paper, created between 2007 and 2009, with words and images mining Bourgeois’s central themes of memory, trauma, nature, and the body.

Mon 19 Mar 2018 7.30 – 9.30 pm

Screening: ‘Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine’

On the occasion of the legendary French-American artist’s first exhibition with the gallery in LA – ‘Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky’ – join us for a screening of ‘Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine,’ a film by Marion Cajori and Amei Wallach. Featuring a series of interviews with the artist from 1993 to 2007, the critically acclaimed film offers an intimate look into Bourgeois’s life and imagination, shaping a powerful portrait of one of the most influential artists of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Public Opening: Louise Bourgeois, Mark Bradford and Geta Brătescu

On Saturday 17 February from 6 – 9 pm, join us for the public opening of three exhibitions – ‘Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky’, ‘Mark Bradford. New Works’, and ‘Geta Brătescu. The Leaps of Aesop’. Celebrate with food and drinks provided by Manuela and music in the Courtyard courtesy of MOON UTERUS – DJ duo Mel Shimkovitz and Amy von Harrington. Plan your trip By Public Transport Ten-minute walk from Little Tokyo / Arts District Metro Station. Plan your trip using Metro Planner. Parking Street parking is available. The following lots are suggested for their proximity to the gallery. Hours and rates may vary. For a map of parking lots and public transportation stops, please click here. This event is open to the public and free to attend.

Saint Heron: Coldest Winter

For one night only, SAINT HERON presents ‘COLDEST WINTER’ at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. ‘COLDEST WINTER’ is an immersive, multi-channel video comprised of simultaneous projections across multiple screens. Music will be provided by SAINT HERON Resident DJ Kyle Woods. Food and beverage will be available for purchase by Manuela, the gallery’s onsite restaurant. Ticket holders will also have access to all three current exhibitions, ‘Mark Bradford. New Works,’ ‘Louise Bourgeois. The Red Sky,’ and ‘Geta Brătescu. The Leaps of Aesop.’ To purchase tickets for this event, click here.

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 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.

Current Exhibitions