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Louise Bourgeois, Legs, 1986, rubber, each 10' 3“ × 2” × 2".

Louise Bourgeois, Legs, 1986, rubber, each 10' 3“ × 2” × 2".

“Unconscious Landscape”

Hauser & Wirth | Somerset

As it turns out, one of Ursula Hauser’s favorite pieces in her extensive collection of modern and contemporary art is mine, too. Louise Bourgeois’s Legs, 1986, closed “Unconscious Landscape: Works from the Ursula Hauser Collection,” hanging simply and solemnly by the exit. Legs they are, and in Bourgeois’s customarily uncanny and discomfiting style, they are made strange—made of black rubber, impossibly straight and slender, more than ten feet long, here hovering just above the ground. Bourgeois was the linchpin of “Unconscious Landscape,” with works in almost all five rooms. Central to her oeuvre are themes of the body, materials, and process, and these themes also underlie the diverse practices of the other eleven artists in the exhibit.

One saw bodies in pieces and parts: bodies that spilled out of themselves, leaked and oozed; bodies distorted and contorted. The works featured bodies

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