Louise Bourgeois

The most complete overview of groundbreaking artist Louise Bourgeois's sculptures, textiles, and prints is now available as an accessible paperback.

Louise Bourgeois's beguiling body of work encompasses spiders, cages, architectural sculptures, fragile human figures, and amorphous erotic forms. Strongly influenced by surrealism, abstract expressionism, and minimalism, she remains among the most prominent female contemporary artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. An overview of Bourgeois's career, this book begins with a series of essays before delving into encyclopedic entries on the themes and concepts most essential to the artist's practice. A glossary of terms ranging from "etching" and "existentialism" to "Mapplethorpe" and "maternity" contains excerpts from interviews, diary entries, texts, and more than 300 illustrations to provide the reader with multiple points of entry into Bourgeois's complex and nonlinear world. The tenth-anniversary reissue makes this peerless resource available to all touched by Bourgeois's influential practice.
Her staggering variety of mediums includes rubber, wood, stone, metal, and fabric. In 1993, she represented the United States at the Venice Biennale. An overview of Bourgeois's career, this book covers individual works, art movements, other artists, and themes that have played an important role in her life and art, with text by acclaimed authors and critics, including Julia Kristeva, Elisabeth Lebovici, Frances Morris, Mignon Nixon, Linda Nochlin, Robert Storr, Alex Potts, Marina Warner, and Deborah Wye

About The Author

Julia Kristeva is a Bulgarian-French philosopher, literary critic, psychoanalyst, feminist, and, most recently, novelist, who is now a professor emeritus at the University Paris Diderot.
Elisabeth Lebovici is a French art historian, journalist, and critic. Her work grapples with gender and sexuality.
Frances Morris is the director of the Tate Modern art gallery in London, succeeding Chris Dercon in January 2016.
Mignon Nixon is an American academic. She is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at University College London.
Linda Nochlin was an American art historian, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor Emerita of Modern Art at New York University Institute of Fine Arts, and writer.
Robert Storr is an American curator, critic, and former Dean of the Yale University School of Art.
Alex Potts is Max Loehr Collegiate Professor of History of Art, University of Michigan.
Marina Sarah Warner, DBE, FRSL, FBA (born 1946) is a British novelist, short story writer, historian, and mythographer.
Deborah Wye organized a 1982 retrospective exhibition devoted to Louise Bourgeois, then 70 years old. It was the museum's first one-person survey of a woman artist in well over 30 years.

  • Publish Date: March 05, 2019
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Category: Art - Individual Artists - General
  • Publisher: Rizzoli Electa
  • Trim Size: 8-1/4 x 10-1/2
  • Pages: 320
  • US Price: $50.00
  • CDN Price: $67.50
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6615-1


"This A to Z glossary chronicles the intimate themes of her art and her many successes." ~Florida InsideOut

"An intriguing companion to the spectacular Louise Bourgeois retrospective...boasting some 240 illustrations, the book covers topics ranging from Anxiety to Fabric Towers to Surrealism..." ~France Magazine

“Constructed as an A-to-Z glossary of Louise Bourgeois’s life, work, philosophies, and insights, this comprehensive publication moves the reader from Maman to Mapplethorpe, primitivism to prostitution, and Sadie to surrealism, in a thought-provoking tapestry of essays, words, and images reflecting the artist’s prolific and engrossing body of work.” ~Choice Magazine

Author Bookshelf: Rosalind Krauss