Chicago

Louise Bourgeois

The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago

With the 1980 exhibitions and the anticipation of the upcoming Museum of Modern Art retrospective, the significance of the work of Louise Bourgeois is again being recognized and documented. Over the years, the artist has furnished a narrative of her childhood near Aubusson, of mathematical and philosophical studies in Paris, of training with Fernand Leger, and finally of adulthood spent on the outer edge of the Surrealist circle and New York school in the ’40s and ’50s; for some, this biography supplied by the artist’s recall (even if somewhat embellished and fictionalized) has become a key to her iconography. But even if one accepts an autobiographical reading of this odd, occasionally repellent body of work, it is still difficult to come to terms with its unsettling force and stylistic evasiveness.

This exhibition of five paintings, a series of etchings, and 25 sculptures, curated by J.

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