Glass reviews online exhibition at Hauser & Wirth of Louise Bourgeois Drawings 1947-2007

IN these unprecidented times everything has moved online, including Hauser & Wirth’s latest show. The online exhibition of Louise Bourgeois Drawings 1947-2007 will be available directly from your screens.

Draw some inspiration from the drawings and creative process of Louise Bourgeois, whose work seems more pertinent than ever in these uncertain times. Bourgeois used her drawings as an outlet to chronicle her innermost thoughts. Putting pen to paper would allow her to confront her anxieties and tackle them head on.

Louise Bourgeois in her home on West 20th Street, New York, 2000Photo: © Jean-François Jaussaud; © The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

As we are all encouraged to maintain a daily routine while in self isolation. Bourgeois kept a record of her memories and emotions with drawing as her daily ritual. She considered her drawings as a diary, recording her feelings and reactions to the world around her.

Bourgeois’s work explores her introspective reality, covering issues from her childhood and depicting the feminine. Over her impressive seven-decade career she created conceptual and multi-layered complex pieces rife with personal symbolism.

Bourgeois is quoted saying “The abstract drawings come from a deep need to achieve peace, rest and sleep”. Something we can all relate to in times like these.

The online exhibition coincides with the launch of ‘Dispatches’, a new series of videos and online features to connect with artists associated with the gallery.

by Rosie Fitter

Louise Bourgeois Drawings 1947-2007 will be available on the Hauser & Wirth website on March 25.

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