VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012
Through June 17, 2012 the Hamburg Kunsthalle is celebrating the artwork of Louise Bourgeois on what would have been her 100th birthday.
Her work is so diverse that it is hard to characterize. Her oeuvre includes sculpture, prints, and installation art. She has been called the Spiderwoman after her spider structures called Maman.This piece is a 30 foot sculpture constructed in steel, bronze, and marble. The spider is a recurring theme in her work in remembrance of her mother. For Bourgeois, the spider symbolized maternal benevolence, a tone that is seen throughout her work
One of her famous pieces, Destruction of Father (1974) is a biographical and a psychological exploration of the power dominance of father and his offspring. The piece is a flesh-toned installation in a soft and womb-like room. Made of plaster, latex, wood, fabric, and red light, Destruction of the Fatherwas the first piece in which she used soft materials on a large scale. Upon entering the installation, the viewer stands in the aftermath of a crime. Set in a stylized dining room (with the dual impact of a bedroom), the abstract blob-like children of an overbearing father have rebelled, murdered, and eaten him. (from wikipedia)
Read more about Louise Bourgeois at
New York Times.