Louise Bourgeois: ARMED FORCES
Gnarled, sinewy and wrinkled with age, Louise Bourgeois’s hands were fascinating. Her hands are the subjects of portraits taken by the artist Alex Van Gelder, who, at Bourgeois’s invitation, photographed her at her New York townhouse during the last year of her life. The resulting portfolio of eighteen photographic prints was exhibited in Zurich in 2011 and is documented in ‘Armed Forces’. Bourgeois considered this collaboration to be more than purely a portrait project, but rather an extension of her work. Through this series, she put forth her own physicality to be viewed as an element of her art, focusing on her hands as her tools.