Getting to know Louise Bourgeois

A comprehensive body of works by the French American artist Louise Bourgeois will soon land at AGNSW, showcasing the polarities of her oeuvre.

If Louise Bourgeois‘ gigantic spider sculptures are anything to go by, the French artist has always been a force to be reckoned with, both during her lifetime and in her legacy. The sheer fact that Bourgeois lived until 98 (Pablo Picasso reached 91 and Yayoi Kusama is currently 94, by way of comparison) means that the revered artist not only witnessed, but actively participated in the social and art historical paradigms of her time.

Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) Head Curator of International Art, Justin Paton says Bourgeois always saw art as ‘a route to self-knowledge’. It is with this in mind that the upcoming Louise Bourgeois: Has the Day Invaded the Night or Has the Night Invaded the Day? is ‘a show of light and dark’, one that highlights ‘the back and forth of her practice,’ says Paton.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_