LONDON, UK.- Marlborough Graphics is delighted to be holding the first exhibition, in London, entirely dedicated to the Graphic work of Louise Bourgeois. The exhibition will be displayed throughout the newly renovated Gallery and will comprise over 70 works selected from the last fifteen years, 1989-2005.
Louise Bourgeois began making prints on her arrival in New York, in 1938, following her marriage to the late art historian Robert Goldwater. She studied lithography under Will Barnet and she worked at Stanley Hayters workshop Atelier 17 where she produced the seminal portfolio He disappeared into complete silence. The prints she made in this early period between 1938-1949 were rarely editioned and it was not until the late Seventies and Eighties that her printmaking took on a new momentum and she has remained consistently active, to-date, producing a wide variety of prints and portfolios.
Marlborough Graphics is taking, as its starting point for the exhibition the extremely rare portfolio Anatomy, 1989, following through to the renowned series of nine spiders entitled Ode a Ma Mere and the masterful series
11 Dr ypoints published in 1999. The exhibition will continue chronologically to include her most recent achievements in dry point, - a diptych of male and female cats. These will be shown for the first time and will be launched at the exhibition. The prints incorporate themes addressed in her sculpture, themes which have motivated Louise Bourgeoiss art for the past 50 years; family relationships and psychology, parental blame and responsibility, motherhood and sexuality, the home. This body of works demonstrates her remarkable versatility as a printmaker and her extraordinary fertile imagination, it contains images which are a times shocking and provocative, at others simple and humorous but always revelatory and truthful.