Tuesday, June 1, 2010

adieu, mrs. bourgeois

i was quite saddened this morning to hear of the death of louise bourgeois at 98 years old.
though her work went unnoticed until she was 70 years old, today bourgeois is recognized as one of the most influential woman and feminist artists of the twentieth century.
stumbling across her work when i was 18 years old forever changed my thoughts about art and its power to change the world. in a way that was playful, yet charged, bourgeois made emotional topics of pain, fear, loss, death, gender and sexuality her subject matter during an era that clearly favored the masculine and the non-subjective.
she always challenged the status quo and spoke out about the male dominated art world in a manner that was brave and momentous.
bravo, mrs. bourgeois, you'll be missed.

(photo of bourgeois by robert mapplethorpe.)

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