The exhibition will feature approximately 50 artworks from throughout Bourgeois’s career, including the Personages of the late 1940s; the organic forms in plaster and latex of the 1960s; the pivotal installation The Destruction of the Father (1974); Passage Dangereux (1997), the largest of the artist’s Cell installations; and fabric sculptures from the last 15 years of her life.
Bourgeois underwent psychoanalytic treatment from 1952 to 1985 (most intensively from 1952 to 1966), and produced an extensive written record of her analysis and its effects on her life. Consisting of dream recordings, process notes, and other texts, her findings constitute a parallel body of work that not only sheds light on the artist’s methods and motivations but also represents an original contribution to the field of psychoanalysis, especially with respect to female sexuality, symbol formation, and the nature of the artist.
Image: Louise Bourgeois, The Destruction of the Father, 1974. © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY, Photo: Ron Amstutz.