Works in marble. Around 25 floor and pedestal sculptures drawn from public and private collections and the collection of the artist illustrate the fundamental importance of marble in the work of the sculptor, who trained in Paris and has lived in New York since the 1930s. At the age of 90, her creativity remains undiminished. Her work encompasses a variety of art forms, ranging from painting, drawings and prints to installation and sculpture.
Louise Bourgeois is widely and justifiably considered one of the most
important artists of the twentieth century. At the age of 90, her creativity
remains undiminished. Her work encompasses a variety of art forms,
ranging from painting, drawings and prints to installation and sculpture.
This year will see her honoured with several exhibitions. She has been
invited to take part in the documenta XI, where she is showing
installations and the series of 'Insomnia drawings' made in the
mid-nineties. The Kunsthaus Bregenz will open a show at the beginning
of July that will present a selection of her installations and objects
together with around 140 drawings. And, the Hermitage Museum in St.
Petersburg organised a major retrospective in 2001 which has already
travelled to Helsinki and is about to continue on to Stockholm and Oslo.
The aim of the Galerie Hauser & Wirth is to assemble, for the first time in a single exhibition, the marble works that Bourgeois has created since 1967, and to present them as a self-contained body of work. Around 25 floor and pedestal sculptures drawn from public and private collections and the collection of the artist illustrate the fundamental importance of marble in the work of the sculptor, who trained in Paris and has lived in New York since the 1930s.
Bourgeois's relationship to marble, beginning in the 1960s and continuing to the present, has resulted in singular works in stone that explore in new ways the same themes that have preoccupied her for decade. However, beginning in the mid-eighties, the artist has integrated individual marble sculptures of naturalistically carved human body parts on rough-hewn stone bases into her 'Cells', which she exhibited at the documenta IX in 1992 and in the American pavilion at the 1993 Venice Biennale.
Bourgeois's use of marble as material has led her to develop a unique and complex formal vocabulary that includes objectless biomorphous and organic, bodily forms as well as figurative, architectural motifs. Bourgeois's special fascination with light and shadow has found its most powerful expression since the late 1980s in the subtly differentiated treatment of the carved marble surfaces, culminating in the integration of light sources into her sculptures.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Prestel, with numerous illustrations and photographs from the artist's personal archives and an introductory essay by Michaela UnterdÃ¶rfer.
You are invited to attend the press preview on May 23. Michaela UnterdÃ¶rfer and Jerry Gorovoy, who are organising this exhibition, will be present to answer your questions.
Image: Labyrinthine Tower 1962-1982, Siena Marble
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Friday 12 - 6pm, Saturday 11am - 4pm
Forthcoming exhibition: Group Show, 24 August to 12 October 2002
Art '32 Basel: Hall 2.1, Booth S1
During the art fair, the gallery is open from Monday until Friday from 10 am-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11 am-5 pm.
Galerie Hauser & Wirth Limmatstrasse 270 CH-8005 Zurich