Louise Bourgeois - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Sunday, November 23, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    "The house is my defense against the open road, the open world where you are likely to get pushed around. It is the center of my whole work." Louise Bourgeois, (LBA.T-149), 1984
    The five magic words begin with the letter W
    They are the keys to finding the right answers.
    Who made the day and the night?
    Where do we come from?
    When will I know where I'm going?
    Who? Where? When? Why? What?
    Why does the touch of my friend's skin feel so nice?
    What are we here for?
    Louise Bourgeois, 2002

  • 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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Who, Where, When, Why, What

Drypoint and aquatint in red with music paper Chine collé to wove paper, with full margins,
I. 11 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. (29.8 x 22.5 cm)
S. 17 5/8 x 13 1/2 in. (44.8 x 34.3 cm)

signed and annotated `DP' in pencil, one of five variants with the 'Dalai Lama' text (aside from the signed and numbered edition of 25 and 7 artist's proofs), published by Harlan & Weaver, New York, in very good condition, unframed.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $4,750

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York