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Louise Bourgeois Together 2005

Louise Bourgeois Together 2005

Louise Bourgeois, Edificio de Arte Universal Habana Vieja, La Habana, Cuba

Louise Bourgeois, Edificio de Arte Universal Habana Vieja, La Habana, Cuba

stack2 Louis Bourgeois is a feminist art icon, even if she -- in some mythical afterlife populated by giant spiders and contorted, alien figures -- would hate the label. When she was alive, she was aloof on the subject. "Some of my works are, or try to be feminist, and others are not feminist," she proclaimed in an interview with the San Francisco Museum of Art.

stack2 Louis Bourgeois is a feminist art icon, even if she -- in some mythical afterlife populated by giant spiders and contorted, alien figures -- would hate the label. When she was alive, she was aloof on the subject. "Some of my works are, or try to be feminist, and others are not feminist," she proclaimed in an interview with the San Francisco Museum of Art.

Bourgeois does owe a lot to the feminist movement. Born in Paris in 1911, she spent many of her early years known merely as the wife of Robert Goldwater, the American art historian with whom she moved to New York in the late 1930s. Though she drew, painted, sculpted and printed throughout the 1940s and '50s, Bourgeois didn't receive real art world attention until her 50s.

Bourgeois does owe a lot to the feminist movement. Born in Paris in 1911, she spent many of her early years known merely as the wife of Robert Goldwater, the American art historian with whom she moved to New York in the late 1930s. Though she drew, painted, sculpted and printed throughout the 1940s and '50s, Bourgeois didn't receive real art world attention until her 50s.

A Love Letter To Louise Bourgeois, A Feminist Icon Whether She Likes It Or Not

A Love Letter To Louise Bourgeois, A Feminist Icon Whether She Likes It Or Not

Louise Bourgeois, Spider, 2007. Collection The Easton Foundation. Photo: Frédéric Delpech.

Louise Bourgeois, Spider, 2007. Collection The Easton Foundation. Photo: Frédéric Delpech.

'Arch of Hysteria in bronze' by French born artist Louise Bourgeois at the Tate Modern, in central London, 08 October 2007.

'Arch of Hysteria in bronze' by French born artist Louise Bourgeois at the Tate Modern, in central London, 08 October 2007.

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