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  • This unique sketch was completed by Louise Bourgeois as a list of talking points and reminders of where she had lived and the types of houses the artist lived in for an interview with House & Garden magazine. The other side of the page is a warning to assistants not to touch her tools. The article was originally published with a portrait photo by Irving Penn.
    "despite tragedies within a house, or my own fragilities, for me the house is a storage place for memories. You have to acknowledge your memories in order to understand yourself." – Louise Bourgeois quoted in "The Houses That Louise Built" House & Garden, October 1992.

    Photograph by Irving Penn, 1992, for House & Garden.
    • Literature

      House & Garden magazine, October, 1992

    • Artist Biography

      Louise Bourgeois

      French-American • 1911 - 2010

      Known for her idiosyncratic style, Louise Bourgeois was a pioneering and iconic figure of 20th and early 21st century art. A prolific sculptor, printmaker, draftsman, and painter, Bourgeois has been linked to Surrealism and Feminist art, though she developed a singular voice that betrays firm categorization to a specific art historical movement. Her artworks have been widely understood as visceral meditations of subjective states, such as loneliness, jealousy, pride, anger, fear, love, and longing. Employing diverse materials including metal, fabric, wood, plaster, paper, and paint in both intimate and monumental scales, 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. Bourgeois’ works reside in major institutional collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and Tate, London.

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Untitled (The House is Waiting For You)

1992
Unique two sided note page with sketches in graphite.
8 3/8 x 11 in. (21.3 x 27.9 cm)

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