Monday, 8 March 2010

Louise Bourgeois (Born 1911.)

Maman, outside National Gallery of Canada.

Art is about life
DK: What do you think about modern art in general, if you want to talk about it generally? How do you see yourself in the history of modern art?
LB: I am not interested in art history, in the academics of styles, a succession of fads. Art is not about art. Art is about life, and that sums it up. ……

For Bourgeois modern art has no set form of expression:

LB: What modern art means is that you have to keep finding new ways to express yourself, to express the problems, that there are no settled ways, no fixed approach. This is a painful situation, and modern art is about this painful situation of having no absolutely definite way of expressing yourself. This is why modern art will continue, because this condition remains; it is the modern human condition.

• ….Art is a way of recognizing oneself, which is why it will always be modern.

Interview quotes from "Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art A sourcebook of Artist's writings" Stiles and Selz P41 Louise Bourgeois Interview with Donald Kuspit in 1988.

Useful Links
US PBS Art 21 series, videos
Documentary excerpts on You Tube (Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine)
 Exhibition materials, Pompidou Centre
and Tate Modern

Louise Bourgeois, exhibition catalogue, joint production of The Tate Modern and the Musée national d’art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Tate 2007, edited by Frances Morris
Hopkins D (2000) After Modern Art, 1945-2000 Oxford History of Art.

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