Louise Bourgeois

Fondazione Prada

It is well known by now how allusions to corporality, in particular to sexuality, have become increasingly explicit in Louise Bourgeois’ work. Rarely, however, has this aspect been so generally apparent as in the artist’s recent show in Milan, her first solo exhibition at an Italian institution. The materials she worked with were in large measure fabrics and clothing, confirming her uninhibited and innovative use of items. The selection began with two 1997 pieces: Single III, a sort of hermaphroditic mannequin with two heads and no arms, and Arched Figure No. 3, reminiscent of Bourgeois’ 1993 US Pavilion installation for the Venice Biennale, Arch of Hysteria. If that piece depicts, to paraphrase the artist, a body crossed by a felicitous if ambiguous feeling, poised between pain and pleasure, these two more recent works seem imbued with a marked sense of the macabre. Made of fabric with

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