Louise Bourgeois - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 15, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1999

  • Exhibited

    New York, The Museum of Modern Art; Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; Akron Art Museum, Louise Bourgeois: Retrospective, November 3, 1982–January 5, 1984 (another example exhibited)
    Paris, and Zurich Maeght-Lelong, Louise Bourgeois: Retrospektive 1947–1984, February–May, 1985
    Vienna, Galerie Krinzinger Wein, Louise Bourgeois 1939–89 Skulpturen und Zeichnungen, May 18–June 12, 1990 (another example exhibited)
    Frankfurt, Frankfurter Kunstverein Steinernes Haus am Römerberg (no. 52, p. 107, another example illustrated); Munich, Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus; Lyon, Musée d'art Contemporain (no. 52, p. 109, another example illustrated); Bern, Kunstmuseum; Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum, Louise Bourgeois, December 13, 1989–July 8, 1991, no. 52, pp. 107, 187 (another example exhibited and illustrated, p. 107)
    Philadelphia, Locks Gallery, Louise Bourgeois, October 14–November 12, 1994
    Monterrey, MARCO; Seville, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo; Mexico City, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Louise Bourgeois, June 15, 1995–August 15, 1996, no. 39, p. 65 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    Yokohama Museum of Art, Louise Bourgeois: Homesickness, November 2, 1997–January 15, 1998, no. 39, p. 107 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    Oakland, Mills College Art Museum; Boise Museum of Art; Richmond, Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond; Durham, University of New Hampshire; El Paso Museum of Art; Lexington, University of Kentucky Art Museum; New Orleans, Newcomb Gallery, Tulane University; Center for the Visual Arts, Metropolitan State College of Denver, True Grit: Seven Female Visionaries Before Feminism, September 7, 2001–April 25, 2004 (another example exhibited)
    Berlin-Brandenburg, Akademie der Künste, Louise Bourgeois: Intimate Abstractions, June 3–July 27, 2003 (another example exhibited)
    Beacon, Dia Center for the Arts, Inauguration of Dia:Beacon, Louise Bourgeois Installation, May 17, 2003–ongoing (another example on long-term loan)
    Kanazawa, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Visceral Sensation - Voices So Far, So Near, April 27–September 1, 2013, p. 90 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    Mexico City, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Louise Bourgeois: Petite Maman, November 27, 2013–March 2, 2014, no. 12, n.p. (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    London, Sotheby's S|2 Gallery, Traumata: Bourgeois/Kusama, February 23, 2017–April 13, 2017 (another example exhibited)
    New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, September 24, 2017–January 28, 2018 (another example exhibited)
    The Musée de Marseille and Paris, Réunion des musées nationaux Grand Palais, Surrealism in American Art (1940–1970), May 11–September 26, 2021 (another example exhibited)
    Vienna, Belvedere Museum, Louise Bourgeois: Persistent Antagonism, September 22, 2023–January 28, 2024, p. 191 (another example exhibited and illustrated)

  • Literature

    Miquel Tàpies and Manuel J. Borja-Villel, Louise Bourgeois, Barcelona, 1990, no. 52, p. 107 (another example illustrated)
    Catherine Flohic and Daniel Dobbels, "Louise Bourgeois," Ninety, no. 15, 1994, p. 30 (another example illustrated)
    Lynne Cooke and Michael Govan, Dia : Beacon, New York, 2003 (another example)
    Deborah Wye, Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, New York, 2017, no. 154, p. 154 (another example illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Louise Bourgeois

    French-American • 1911 - 2010

    Known for her idiosyncratic style, Louise Bourgeois was a pioneering and iconic figure of twentieth and early twenty-first century art. Untied to an art historical movement, Bourgeois was a singular voice, both commanding and quiet.

    Bourgeois was a prolific printmaker, draftsman, sculptor and painter. She employed diverse materials including metal, fabric, wood, plaster, paper and paint in a range of scale — both monumental and intimate. She used recurring themes and subjects (animals, insects, architecture, the figure, text and abstraction) as form and metaphor to explore the fragility of relationships and the human body. Her artworks are meditations of emotional states: loneliness, jealousy, pride, anger, fear, love and longing.

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stamped with the artist's initials, number and the Modern Art Foundry mark "L.B. 1/6 MAF" on the underside
5 1/4 x 7 x 5 3/4 in. (13.3 x 17.8 x 14.6 cm)
Conceived in 1967 and cast circa 1982, this work is number 1 from an edition of 6 plus 1 artist's proof.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $152,400

Contact Specialist

Annie Dolan
Specialist, Head of Sale, Morning Session
+1 212 940 1288

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 15 November 2023