Friday, 15 October 2010
Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works
Household textiles turned into something of a theme this week, as That's Not My Age went along to the new Hauser & Wirth galleries on Savile Row to see the last planned Louise Bourgeois exhibition. The artist, a lifelong hoarder of clothes and everyday items, died in May aged 98. The Fabric Works is a series of her later work. A collection of extraordinary 'drawings' made by weaving or stitching together strips of fabric cut from tablecloths, napkins and bedlinen. 'I always had the fear of being separated and abandoned,' explained Bourgeois, whose work reflected her unsettled childhood (close relationship to mother, philandering father), ' The sewing is my attempt to keep things together and make things whole.'
Some of the designs look like spider's webs. Bourgeois is famous for her gigantic bronze spider sculptures, and there's a smaller version here:
The Fabric Works reminded me of Tracey Emin - I've always preferred her work with textiles - and the stuffed jersey mannequin of a naked man brought Sarah Lucas to mind.
Louise Bourgeois. Influential artist, feminist icon and a very stylish woman:
Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works is on at Hauser & Wirth till 18 December 2010.
Louise Bourgeois photos:
Striped shirt: Shulman Photography
Hands on head: more.com
Italy 1967: Vanity Fair