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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Salute to Louise Bourgeois

Artist, warrior and nonagenarian Louise Bourgeois is the subject of her first retrospective in the UK, at Tate Modern. Go. See it. Now. You’ll leave in awe of the formidable woman, her deep-rooted rage and how, even at 95, she refuses to be boxed in. She’d destroy anyone who tried.

The rebellious pioneer of confessional art, Bourgeois utilized, and continues to utilize, art as a vehicle to examine her anxiety over not only the human condition—womanhood, motherhood, sex, memory—but also her tumultuous childhood living with her affair-driven father and mother whom she felt had abandoned her emotionally.

Perhaps the most poignant aspect of her installations, sculptures, needleworks and paintings is that everything is a relic, simply because she’s lived through so much history. Just by visiting the exhibition, you're connecting with nearly a century past, nevermind the personal shit she’s been through (make sure you also see the fascinating, statue-smashing, glass-breaking, life-affirming video documentary while you’re there).

It's a celebration of a lifetime of work from a profound and challenging artist, plus she’s still working from her base in New York and counts our much-missed Helmut Lang as a friend and colleague. Hint-approved on every level. Fight on, Louise!

Louise Bourgeois, Tate Modern, Bankside SE1, London, +44 20 7887 8888, through January 20, 2008

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