Louise Bourgeois

Worcester Art Museum

To celebrate the recent acquisition and United States debut of ninety-five-years-young Louise Bourgeois’s fabric sculpture The Woven Child, 2002, an archetypal image of a mother and child, the Worcester Art Museum organized a lyrical exhibition of related cloth figures, a fabric book, and a series of silk screens on fabric made by the artist over the past ten years. Much of the imagery in the five sculptures and pair of two-dimensional installations in the exhibition “Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child (in context)” further explores themes that Bourgeois has grappled with for more than fifty years—sexuality, birth, childhood, and healing. Since so much of Bourgeois’s oeuvre is directly related to the comfort and anguish of her childhood in France as the daughter of parents who were in the tapestry-restoration business, it seems fitting that her late work should make use of hand-stitched

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