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The Ginny Williams Collection

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Estimate: 1,500,000 - 2,000,000 USD

The Ginny Williams Collection

LOUISE BOURGEOIS | OBSERVER

Estimate: 1,500,000 - 2,000,000 USD

Lot sold:2,240,000USD

Description

LOUISE BOURGEOIS

1911 - 2010

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stamped with the artist's initials on the base 

bronze 

78 ½ by 28 by 12 in. 199.4 by 71.1 by 30.5 cm.

Conceived in 1947-49, the present work was cast in 1989 and is number 4 from an edition of 6 plus one artist's proof.  

Condition Report

To request a condition report for this lot, please contact Kelsey.Leonard@sothebys.com.

Provenance

Robert Miller Gallery, New York

Acquired by the present owner from the above in August 1989


Literature

Michel Seuphor, The Sculpture of This Century, New York 1959, p. 240, illustrated (in the artist’s studio, 1950) (wood) 

M.C., “Debut as Sculptor at Peridot,” ARTnews, Vol. 48, No. 6, October 1949, p. 46 (text) 

Exh. Cat., New York, The Museum of Modern Art (and travelling), Louise Bourgeois: Retrospective, 1982, p. 54, illustrated (in the artist's home in Easton, c. 1940s), p. 55, illustrated (installed in Peridot Gallery, New York, 1949), p. 56, pl. 44, illustrated, and p. 120 (text) (wood) 

Exh. Cat., Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Individual: A Selected History of Contemporary Art, 1945-1986, 1986, n.p. (text) (wood) 

Christian Huther, “Louise Bourgeois,” Kunstforum International, bd. 106, March/April 1990, p. 306, illustrated (ed. no. unknown) 

Exh. Cat., Saint Louis Art Museum, Louise Bourgeois: The Personages, 1994, p. 45, illustrated (wood)

Exh. Cat., Monterrey, MARCO/Museo de Art Contemporaneo de Monterrey (and travelling), Escultura de Louise Bourgeois: La Eleganca de la Ironia, 1995, p. 51, illustrated (artist’s proof) 

Marie-Laure Bernadac, Louise Bourgeois, Paris 1995, p. 53, illustrated (wood); and p. 89, illustrated (wood) (2006 reprint) 

Exh. Cat., Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Louise Bourgeois: Sculptures, environnements, drawings 1938-1995, 1995, p. 60, illustrated (wood) 

Exh. Cat., Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Louise Bourgeois Der Ort des Gedächtnisses: Skulpturen, Environments und Zeichnungen 1946-1995, 1996, p. 52, illustrated (wood) 

Exh. Cat., Milan, Fondazione Prada, Louise Bourgeois: Blue Days and Pink Days, 1997, p. 89, illustrated (installed in the artist's home in Easton, c. 1940s), and pp. 93 and 104, illustrated (in the artist's home in New York, c. 1940s) (wood)

Exh. Cat., Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Louise Bourgeois: Memory and Architecture, 1999, p. 42, illustrated (in the artist's home in Easton, c. 1940s) (wood); pp. 122-123, no. 10, illustrated in color and p. 275 (text) (artist’s proof)

Exh. Cat., Kyunggi-Do, Korea, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Louise Bourgeois: The Space of Memory, 2000, p. 109, illustrated (artist’s proof) 

Exh. Cat., New York, C&M Arts, Louise Bourgeois: The Personages, 2001, n.p., pl. 9 (artist’s proof), and n.p., illustrated (in the artist’s home in Easton, c. 1940s) (wood) 

Exh. Cat., St. Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum (and travelling), Louise Bourgeois at the Hermitage, 2001, p. 39, illustrated (artist’s proof); p. 17, illustrated (Denmark)

Exh. Cat., Urbana-Champaign, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (and travelling), Louise Bourgeois: The Early Work, 2002, p. 18, illustrated (in the artist's home in Easton, c. 1940s), and pp. 22 and 23, illustrated (in the artist's home in New York, c. 1940s) (wood) 

Jacqueline Caux, Tissée, Tendue au Fil des Jours, La Toile de Louise Bourgeois, Paris 2003, p. 14, illustrated (wood)  

Mignon Nixon, Fantastic Reality: Louise Bourgeois and a Story of Modern Art, Cambridge 2005, p. 154, illustrated (wood) 

Exh. Cat., Havana, Wilfredo Lam Center, Louise Bourgeois: One and Others, 2005, n.p. (text) (artist’s proof) 

Exh. Cat., Columbus, Wexner Center for the Arts, Part Object; Part Sculpture, 2005, p, 38, illustrated (wood) 

Exh. Cat., London, Tate Modern (and travelling), Louise Bourgeois, 2007, p. 228, illustrated (in the artist's home in Easton, c. 1940s), p. 229, illustrated, and p. 311 (text) (wood) (English); pp. 242-243, illustrated (in the artist's home in Easton, c. 1940s) (wood) (French)

Exh. Cat., Cologne, Galerie Karsten Greve, Galerie Karsten Greve: 40 Years, Cologne; 20 Years, Paris; 10 Years, St. Moritz, 2009, p. 126, illustrated (installed in Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, 1990) (ed. no. unknown) 

Exh. Cat., Germany, Städtische Museen Jena, Louise Bourgeois, 2010, p. 11, illustrated (in artist’s home in Easton, c. 1940s) (wood) 

Ann Coxon, Louise Bourgeois, London 2010, p. 24, illustrated (in the artist’s studio in New York, c. 1940s) (wood) 

Exh. Cat., Reykjavik, National Gallery of Iceland, Louise Bourgeois: Femme, 2011, n.p., illustrated (ed. no. 2/6) 

Philip Larratt-Smith, “Louise Bourgeois: Sculpture as Symptom,” Acne Paper, no. 13, Spring 2012, pp. 1-18, 252-57 (text) and p. 255, illustrated (ed. no. 1/6) 

Exh. Cat., Kukje Gallery, Louise Bourgeois: The Personages, 2012, p. 21, illustrated (in the artist’s studio in New York, c. 1940s, p. 28, illustrated (installed in Peridot Gallery, New York, 1949), p. 78, illustrated (installed in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1982), and p. 84, illustrated (installed in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008) (wood) 

Olesya Turkina, Louise Bourgeois: Pandora’s Box, Moscow 2015, n.p., fig. 4, illustrated (ed. no. unknown)

Robert Storr, Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois, New York 2016, pp. 140 and 238, illustrated (wood) 

Exh. Cat., Los Angeles, Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016, 2016, p. 57, illustrated (wood) 

Exh. Cat., Shanghai, Long Museum (and travelling), Louise Bourgeois: The Eternal Thread, 2018, p. 31, illustrated (Shanghai); p. 31, illustrated and illustrated in installation in catalogue insert (Beijing) (artist’s proof)


Exhibited

New York, Peridot Gallery, Louise Bourgeois: Recent Work, 1947-1949: Seventeen Standing Figures in Wood, October 1949 (wood)

London, Serpentine Gallery, Louise Bourgeois, May – June 1985 (ed. no. 1/6) 

San Francisco, Gallery Paule Anglim, Louise Bourgeois: Sculpture 1947-1955, November – December 1987 (ed. no. unknown) 

Frankfurter Kunstverein; Munich, Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus; Lyon, Musée d’art Contemporain; Barcelona, Fundació Antoni Tàpies; Bern, Kunstmuseum; and Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum, Louise Bourgeois: A Retrospective Exhibition, December 1989 - August 1991, p. 49, illustrated (ed. no. unknown); and p. 49, illustrated (1995 reprint) 

Santa Monica, Linda Cathcart Gallery, Louise Bourgeois: Bronze Sculpture and Drawings, February – March 1990 (ed. no. unknown) 

Vienna, Galerie Krinzinger Wien, Louise Bourgeois: 1939-89, Skulpturen und Zeichnungen, May – June 1990 (ed. no. 6/6) 

Cologne, Galerie Karsten Greve, Louise Bourgeois: Bronzes of the 1940s and 1950s, October – November 1990 (ed. no. unknown) 

Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum, Louise Bourgeois, May - July 1991, p. 49, no. 8, illustrated (ed. no. unknown) 

Hannover, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Louise Bourgeois: Skulpturen und Installationen, September - October 1994, p. 91, no. 7, illustrated and p. 195 (text) (edition number unknown) 

Washington, D.C., The White House, Twentieth Century American Sculpture: The Mid-West, October 1994 – February 1995 (ed. no. 1/6) 

Westford, Gallery Joseloff, University of Hartford, Louise Bourgeois: The Forties and Fifties, November – December 1996, n.p. (text) (ed. no. unknown) 

Raleigh, North Carolina Museum of Art, Sacred and Fatal: The Art of Louise Bourgeois, March – May 1998 (artist’s proof) 

Denver, Metropolitan State College, Louise Bourgeois: Selections from the Ginny Williams Collection, March – April 2004 (the present work) 

Denver, Robischon Gallery, DECLARATION, April - June 2016 (the present work)

Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof, Hello World: Revising a Collection, April – August 2018 (ed. no. unknown)

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (and travelling), Fantastic Women: Surreal Worlds from Meret Oppenheim to Frida Kahlo, February - July 2020 (artist’s proof) 

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