Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works

by admin on June 20, 2011

On view until June 25 is Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works at Cheim & Reid gallery in New York City. Referred to as fabric “drawings,” the works are created from clothing, sheets, towels, and material from the artist’s personal collection.

The color combinations and graphic layouts of the fabric patterns are incredibly mesmerizing. Individually they appear to be minimal jewel boxes of lush and rich depth. But when viewed in multiples, as most are, they create intense graphic visual rhythms.

I have read that Bourgeois, who made these pieces in her 90s, wanted to feel close to home at all times, which is reflected in the scale and intimacy in which she worked late into her life, until death last year. Smaller pieces you could hold in you hand in soft materials and the format of small quiltlike structures. They resemble pages of a diary, or a meditation.

If you cannot make it to New York to see the show, it is fortunately available to see on the Cheim & Reid website. There are installation views as well as detail views.

Here is a sampling of works, courtesy of the Cheim & Reid website.


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