Louise Bourgeois, “Untitled” (2005)
From Cheim & Read:Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911. She moved to New York in 1938 and lived in the city until her death last year at age 98. Her works on fabric are emblematic of certain themes: marriage, motherhood, sexuality, femininity, domesticity. This focus on the familial results in work of intense psychological complexity, exposing relationships and hierarchies related to female identity and its opposite (male/female, mother/father, organic/geometric, rigid/pliable). Coinciding with an inclination, at old age, to stay closer to home, Bourgeois’s late fabric works provide a sense of introspection – her wardrobe and linen closet became representative of memory. As Bourgeois has stated, “Clothing is…an exercise of memory. It makes me explore the past…like little signposts in the search for the past.” The re-appropriation of her husband’s handkerchiefs, stained tablecloths and napkins, and worn dresses from all phases of her life infuses the work with a confessional, talismanic aura.
Fabrice Gygi, New Linoronds, 2010, linocut on vellum paper, coloured with Ecoline, 37,5 x 27,5 cm
Mounir Farmanfarmaian (Iranian, b. 1924)
signed, dated and located in Farsi (on the reverse)
Mirror, reverse-glass painting, blown glass and plaster on wood
46¾ x 46¾in. (119 x 119cm.)
Executed in 2005/2006 in Tehran
"I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions."