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Louise Bourgeois: The Secret of the Cells [Paperback]

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Now available in a flexi format, this introduction to the art of the renowned sculptor focuses on Louise Bourgeois Cell installations, while placing them in the context of her influential work.

Since the 1930s Bourgeois has worked with materials ranging from rubber, wood, fabric, and metal to glass, paper, cement, and marble, through which she has told the stories of her own life and the lives of others. The artist s stylistic diversity is as broad as the materials she employs. This book also traces Bourgeois life from her youth as the daughter of Parisian textile workers and her years studying under Ferdinand Leger, through her experiences with the leading artists of the New York School in the 40s and 50s, up to her famed large and often controversial installations. In addition, this generously illustrated book presents the complete cycle of Cell installations from the 1990s. In these contained environments Bourgeois reflects on the human tendency toward isolation and on her own memories. Together these works reveal the evolution of a sculptor s career.

Louise Bourgeois: The Secret of the Cells is both a catalog of works by and a biography of the famous Parisian artist. Born in 1911, the now-octogenarian Bourgeois has shown widely throughout the world and to great critical acclaim, especially within the last decade. Bourgeois's personal history is vastly important in the content of her work, and this book takes readers on a journey from her affluent childhood in France, including family photographs, to her schooling under painter Fernand Lger to her eventual marriage and move to the United States, where she continued her long and varied career working primarily as a sculptor and installation artist.

Bourgeois's abstract figurative sculptures range in materials from plaster, marble, and bronze to the more nontraditional latex, glass, thread, etc. Regardless of the medium, the work is imbued with a strong physicality that echoes the forms of the human body. Included in the book are discussions of Bourgeois's work in relation to other artists and movements such as Rodin, Brancusi, and primitivism. Bourgeois has been an inspiration to an entire generation of artists, not just because of her long and illustrious career but because her work has pushed so many boundaries. Louise Bourgeois: The Secret of the Cells is an informative and beautiful book with 77 color and 176 black-and-white images. --Jennifer Cohen

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Item Specifications...

Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.45" Width: 7.48" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   1.32 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2008
Publisher   Prestel USA
ISBN  3791340077  
ISBN13  9783791340074  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Rainer Crone is Professor of Twentieth-century Art at the University of Munich. He has co-authored a number of publications with David Moos.

Rainer Crone currently resides in Munich. Rainer Crone was born in 1942.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > General
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Beautiful representation of an amazing body of work  Jun 7, 1999
Of the many Bourgeois books I've seen this has the best illustrations of some of her most compelling work. Most publishers have focused more on her history and little on her current work. Installation work really must be seen to be experienced but the photography of this book captures the colors and emotions held within each cell. I highly recomend it.

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