Louise Bourgeois. Drawing Intimacy 1939 – 2010

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Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, BA10 0NL, Bruton, United Kingdom
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Louise Bourgeois. Drawing Intimacy 1939 – 2010

to Mon 2 Jan 2023

Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, BA10 0NL Louise Bourgeois. Drawing Intimacy 1939 – 2010

Tue-Sun 10am-5pm


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, sculptures 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.

Artworks

Les Petites Fleurs, 2007

Watercolour, gouache, colored pencil, and etching on paper
30.5 x 21 cm / 12 x 8 1/4 in 52.1 x 41.6 x 3.8 cm / 20 1/2 x 16 3/8 x 1 1/2 in (framed)
© The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2022. Courtesy The Easton Foundation and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Peter Malle

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The Sky Was Spinning, 2008

Watercolor, gouache, pencil, and etching on paper
13.3 x 22.2 cm / 5 1/4 x 8 3/4 in; 31.8 x 39.4 x 3.8 cm / 12 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 1 1/2 in (framed)
© The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2022. Courtesy The Easton Foundation and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Peter Malle

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Lair (Fée Couturière), 2007

Watercolor, pencil, and etching on paper
19.1 x 12.7 cm / 7 1/2 x 5 in; 36.8 x 30.5 x 3.8 cm / 14 1/2 x 12 x 1 1/2 in (framed)
© The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2022. Courtesy The Easton Foundation and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Peter Malle

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Orbits and Gravity, 2009

Watercolor, ink, pencil and etching on paper
14 x 24.1 cm / 5 1/2 x 9 1/2 in ; 31.8 x 41.9 x 3.8 cm / 12 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 1 1/2 in (framed)
© The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2022. Courtesy The Easton Foundation and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Peter Malle

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La Plage, 2007

Watercolor, coloured pencil and etching on paper
14.3 x 29.2 cm / 5 5/8 x 11 1/2 in; 33 x 49.5 x 3.8 cm / 13 x 19 1/2 x 1 1/2 in (framed)
© The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2022. Courtesy The Easton Foundation and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Peter Malle

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Summer, 1941

Crayon and pencil on paper
20.3 x 27 cm / 8 x 10 5/8 in; 52.4 x 57.5 x 3.8 cm / 20 5/8 x 22 5/8 x 1 1/2 in (framed)
© The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2022. Courtesy The Easton Foundation and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Peter Malle

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Nature Study, 2007

Watercolor, gouache, colored pencil, and etching on paper
25.4 x 16.5 cm / 10 x 6 1/2 in; 44.5 x 36.8 x 3.8 cm / 17 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 1 1/2 in (framed)
© The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2022. Courtesy The Easton Foundation and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Peter Malle

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Blue Confrontation, 2006

Watercolor, ink, pencil, and etching on paper
20 x 36.8 cm / 7 7/8 x 14 1/2 in; 41.6 x 56.8 x 3.8 cm / 16 3/8 x 22 3/8 x 1 1/2 in (framed)
© The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2022. Courtesy The Easton Foundation and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Peter Malle

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‘Louise Bourgeois. Drawing Intimacy 1939 – 2010’ 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 selection of plaster sculptures to previously unseen paintings, drawings and 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.’

This autumn, ‘Louise Bourgeois. Paintings’ traveled from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York to the New Orleans Museum of Art, showing until 1 January 2023. ‘The Woven Child’, previously on view at The Hayward Gallery, London, runs at the Gropius Bau, Berlin until 23 October 2022.

About the artist
Born in France in 1911, and working in America from 1938 until her death in 2010, Louise Bourgeois’s work is inextricably entwined with her life and experiences. For over seven decades, Bourgeois’s creative process was fuelled 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.

Installation view, ‘Louise Bourgeois. Drawing Intimacy 1939 - 2010’, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2022 © The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2022. Photo: Peter Mallet


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