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Couple

2004
Fabric and stainless steel
61 x 28 x 25.5 cm / 24 x 11 x 10 in
Stainless steel, glass and wood vitrine: 188 x 61 x 61 cm / 74 x 24 x 24 in
Incised into base lower right: LB

Louise Bourgeois’ art inextricably entwines personal experience and artistic expression – the roots of which can be traced to her own life. ‘Couple’ (2004) is an extraordinary fabric sculpture that examines many of the central themes that preoccupied Bourgeois’ visual vocabulary throughout her career. Embracing tightly and intimately, ‘Couple’ presents the muted peach-pink bodies of a nude man and woman engaged in a copulatory act – she straddles his thighs, face-to-face, one’s nose nuzzling the other’s, their arms wrapped around each other.

The Fragile

2007
Edition of 7 + 3 APs
Each: 29.2 x 24.1 cm / 11 1/2 x 9 1/2 in

‘Drawings are thought feathers, they are ideas that I seize in mid-flight and put down on paper.’
—Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois

Born in France in 1911, and working in America from 1938 until her death in 2010, Louise Bourgeois is recognized as one of the most important and influential artists of the twentieth century. For over seven decades, Bourgeois’s creative process was fueled by an introspective reality, often rooted in cathartic re-visitations of early childhood trauma and frank examinations of female sexuality. The conceptual and stylistic complexity of Bourgeois’s oeuvre plays upon the powers of association, memory, fantasy, and fear.