Louise Bourgeois, The Architecture of Memory: Works from a Private Collection


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Louise Bourgeois, The Architecture of Memory: Works from a Private Collection


1911 - 2010


stamped with the artist's initials and numbered 5/6

painted bronze

60 by 40.6 by 15.7 cm. 23⅝ by 16 by 6¼ in.

Conceived in 1963-64 and cast in 2000, this work is number 5 from an edition of 6, plus 1 artist’s proof.

The artist

Cheim & Read, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006

D. Robbins, ‘Sculpture by Louise Bourgeois’, Art International, Vol. 8, October 1964, p. 31, illustrated (plaster version)

L. Lippard, ‘Louise Bourgeois: From the Inside Out’, Artforum, Vol. 13, March 1975, p. 32, illustrated (plaster version, incorrectly captioned Self Portrait 1965-66, wood and cement)

Exh. Cat. Hanover, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Louise Bourgeois, Skulpturen und Installationen, 1994, p. 66, no. 28, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

C. Flohic and D. Dobbels, ‘Louise Bourgeois’, Ninety, No. 15, 1994, p. 26, illustrated (edition no. unknown) 

M. Bernadac, Louise Bourgeois, Sculpting Emotion, Paris 1995 and 2006, p. 72, illustrated (1995, plaster version), p. 99, illustrated (2006) (installation view, Louise Bourgeois: Retrospective, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1982-83, edition no. unknown) 

J. Caux, Tissée, Tendue au Fil des Jours, La Toile de Louise Bourgeois, Paris 2003, p. 18, illustrated (edition no. unknown) 

J. Greenberg and S. Jordan, Runaway Girl: The Artist Louise Bourgeois, New York 2003, p. 49, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

R. Storr, P. Herkenhoff and A. Schwartzman, Louise Bourgeois, London 2003, p. 62, illustrated in colour (edition no. unknown)

U. Thon, ‘Eine rastlose Grande Dame’, Art Das Kunstmagazin, No. 11, November 2004, p. 43, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

M. Nixon, Fantastic Reality, Louise Bourgeois and a Story of Modern Art, Cambridge Mass. 2005 and 2008, p. 228, no. 6.14, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Exh. Cat., Atlanta, High Museum of Art, Picasso to Warhol, 2011-12, p. 105, illustrated (plaster version)

R. Storr, Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois, London 2016, p. 312, illustrated (plaster version) 

New York, Xavier Fourcade Gallery, Louise Bourgeois Sculpture: The Middle Years 1955-1970, September – November 1980 (edition no. unknown)

New York, The Museum of Modern Art; Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; and Akron, Akron Art Museum, Louise Bourgeois: Retrospective, November 1982 – January 1984, p. 69, no. 82, illustrated (plaster version)

Los Angeles, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Louise Bourgeois, November – December 1984 (edition no. unknown)

Paris, Galerie Maeght Lelong; and Zurich, Galerie Maeght Lelong, Louise Bourgeois: Retrospektive 1947-1984, February – May 1985, p. 35, no. 22, illustrated (Paris); and n.p., text (Zurich) (edition no. unknown)

London, Serpentine Gallery, Louise Bourgeois, May – June 1985 (edition no. unknown)

Cambridge, Mass., MIT List Visual Arts Center, Nude, Naked, Stripped, December 1985 – February 1986, p. 27, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Baltimore, George Dalsheimer Gallery, Contemporary Sculpture, October 1987 (edition no. unknown)

New York, Pratt Manhattan Gallery and Schafler Gallery, Pratt Institute, This Was Pratt & Former Faculty Exhibition, March – July 1988 (edition no. unknown)

Seattle, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Louise Bourgeois, Works from 1943-1987, November 1988 – January 1989 (edition no. unknown)

Bridgehampton, Dia Art Foundation, Louise Bourgeois: Works from the Sixties, May – June 1989 (edition no. unknown)

Frankfurt, Frankfurter Kunstverein; Munich, Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus; Lyon, Musée d’art Contemporain; Barcelona, Fundación Tàpies; Bern, Kunstmuseum; and Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum, Louise Bourgeois: A Retrospective Exhibition, December 1989 – July 1991, p. 100, no. 46, illustrated (Frankfurt & Barcelona); and p. 102, no. 46, illustrated (Lyon) (edition no. unknown)

Vienna, Galerie Krinzinger Wien, Louise Bourgeois 1939-89 Skulpturen und Zeichnungen, May – June 1990 (edition no. unknown)

Columbus, Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, The Ohio State University, Inaugural Exhibition Part II – Art in Europe and America: The 1960s and 1970s, May – August 1990, n.p., illustrated (edition 2/6)

Santa Monica, Linda Cathcart Gallery, Louise Bourgeois, January – February 1993 (edition 3/6)

Lyon, Art Contemporain, Here’s Looking at Me: Contemporary Self Portrait, January – May 1993 (edition no. unknown)

Sante Fe, Laura Carpenter Fine Art, Louise Bourgeois Personages, 1940s/ Installations, 1990s, July – September 1993 (edition no. unknown)

Kansas City, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Louise Bourgeois, July – September 1994 (edition 2/6)

Newport Beach, Newport Harbor Art Museum, The Essential Gesture, October – December 1994 (edition 3/6)

Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and Hamburg, Deichtorhallen, Louise Bourgeois: Sculpture, Installations and Drawings, June 1995 – March 1996, p. 101, illustrated (Paris); and p. 93, illustrated (Hamburg) (plaster version)

Monterrey, MARCO; Seville, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo; and Mexico City, Museum Rufino Tamayo, Louise Bourgeois, June 1995 – August 1996, p. 60, no. 36, illustrated (edition 2/6)

Tokyo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Revolution in Contemporary Art: The Art of the Sixties, September – December 1995 (edition 3/6)

Milan, Prada Foundation, Louise Bourgeois: Blue Days and Pink Days, May – July 1997, p. 117, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Columbus, Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Wexner Prize Wall, April – May 1999 (edition 2/6)

Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Louise Bourgeois: Architecture and Memory, November 1999 – February 2000, n.p., no. 31, illustrated (edition 4/6)

New York, Exit Art, The End: An Independent Vision of Contemporary Culture 1982-2000, January – April 2000 (edition 2/6)

Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Rodin to Baselitz: The Torso in Modern Sculpture, April – August 2001, p. 95, no. 53, illustrated (edition 4/6)

London, Tate Modern, Surrealism: Desire Unbound, and New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 2001 – May 2002, p. 313, no. 294, illustrated in colour (edition 2/6)

Humlebæk, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Louise Bourgeois, February – June 2003, p. 34, illustrated (artist’s proof)

Baltimore, Walters Art Museum, Louise Bourgeois: Femme, February – May 2006 (edition 1/6)

Corruna, Pedro Barrie de la meza foundation, Untitled, Art of the XXth Century in the Berardo Collection, June – November 2006 (edition 3/6)

London, Tate Modern; Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou; New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Washington D.C., Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Louise Bourgeois: Retrospective, October 2007 – June 2009, p. 64, no. 50, illustrated (London); and p. 90, no. 95 (Paris) (plaster version)

Berlin, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Nationalgalerie; The Hague, Gemeentemuseum; and Columbus, Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, Bellmer / Bourgeois – Double Sexus, April 2010 – July 2011, p. 81, illustrated (Berlin and The Hague, edition 4/6; and Columbus, edition 2/6)

Buenos Aires, Fundación PROA; São Paulo, Instituto Tomie Ohtake; and Rio de Janeiro, Museu de Arte Moderna,

Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed (titled Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Forbidden Desires in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), March – November 2011, n.p., no. 20, illustrated (Buenos Aires); and p. 177, no. 23 (São Paulo) (artist’s proof)

Bremen, Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Sie. Selbst. Nackt / Her. Self. Naked., October 2013 – February 2014 (edition 4/6)

Mexico City, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Louise Bourgeois: Petite Maman, November 2013 – March 2014, n.p., no. 10, illustrated (artist’s proof)

Stockholm, Moderna Museet; and Malaga, Museo Picasso Malaga, Louise Bourgeois: I Have Been to Hell and Back, February – September 2015, p. 113, no. 62, illustrated in colour (artist’s proof)

London, Sotheby’s S|2, Traumata: Bourgeois / Kusama, February – April 2017, p. 36, illustrated (edition 3/6)

New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, September 2017 – January 2018, p. 128, no. 115, illustrated in colour (plaster version)

Frankfurt, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt; and Humlebæk, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Fantastic Women. Surreal Worlds From Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo, February – September 2020 (artist’s proof)