Louise Bourgeois

Frankfurter Kunstverein

Louise Bourgeois is one of those artists for whom art is not the central concern of their endeavor. Many such artists have little to do with the history of art, with those rhythms by which we define movements and period styles, for they have already stepped outside history, and yet they endure it in various ways. It can touch them, wound them, or pass them by at a distance. They remain subjects, whose objects are bound to their subjectivity. Their efforts do not enjoy that autonomy from their author, which would allow their passage into history, as impersonal, absolute signs, as symbols of a culture, of a collective moral or group ideology: in short as social products.

So, though one can say that Bourgeois endures Surrealism—it’s evident in the graphic works dating from the ’40s that she allows the movement of André Breton & Co. to free her idiopoetics. Bourgeois by no means agrees with

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