Louise Bourgeois: What Is the Shape of This Problem

Louise Bourgeois, Art is a guaranty of sanity, 1999

Louise Bourgeois: What Is the Shape of This Problem

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University, Portland, OR

There is more to Louise Bourgeois than big spiders and big moods. She was a prolific writer, drawer, book illustrator and printmaker. This show presents 119 works, with a focus on prints and textiles. It also has eight holograms from the 1940s to the early 2000s. Bourgeois was in psychoanalysis and her explorations played out in text as well as in images. In asking “What is the shape of this problem?” in her art, Bourgeois makes suffering and artmaking parallel entities, according to curator Naomi Potter of the Esker Foundation in Calgary, Canada.

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