Monday, May 31, 2010

Feminist Boot Camp #98

Know how to age. Never stop working.Never stop exploring.
Never lose your sense of humour. Where feathers when you can. Oh, and yeah, nothing wrong with carrying a big stick.
By: The Associated Press
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Her studio's managing director says artist Louise Bourgeois has died in New York City, after a lengthy career of exploring women's deepest feelings on birth, sexuality and death. She was 98.
Wendy Williams of Louise Bourgeois Studio says the sculptor died at Beth Israel Medical Center on Monday, two days after suffering a heart attack.
Bourgeois worked in a wide variety of materials to tackle themes relating to male and female bodies and emotions of anger, betrayal, even murder. Her work reflected influences of surrealism, primitivism and early modernist sculptors such as Alberto Giacometti and Constantin Brancusi.
Her work was almost unknown to the wider art world until she was 70, when New York's Museum of Modern Art presented a retrospective of her career.
Thanks for comments. Bourgeois has been an enormous presence in my life...a total inspiration. Many posts about her over the years. Here's a snippet from her project with Roni Horn/Anne Carson etc.
Here is Louise Bourgeois' offering:

I was always aware of a possible silence falling
like the cover of a tomb and engulfing me forever.

The silence overruns the room and I am afraid to hear
my heart beating; this danger coming from inside-
only a continual flow of words can push it aside,
if not control it.

Listen to chaos, waterfall, the Marne locks--
Beethoven, a river that carries rocks and trees,
the thunder rolling by.

Another post that features an interview with Horn and work by Bourgeois and another link to an interview. What an inspiration. Really. Should we all age so eloquently and let the arguments and projects not become old, but constantly refreshed.


drakealley said...

Very sad. But she did it right -- kept on making until the end. This photograph of Bourgeois (another Mapplethorpe, as far as I know) is one of my favourite portraits:,1-thumb-500x660.jpg

Rod said...

She also brought me to thinking about birth, sexuality and death.

Lemon Hound said...

Yes, the second one is Mapplethorpe...I thought the first was Lebowitz.

ThirdCat said...

never stop exploring...I really like that, and it is a good thing for me to read today. Thanks.