SFMoMA Museum of Modern Art

Louise Bourgeois

07 Oct 2017 - 04 Sep 2018

Louise Bourgeois, The Nest, 1994
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, purchase through the Agnes E. Meyer and Elise S. Haas Fund and the gifts of Doris and Donald Fisher, Helen and Charles Schwab, and Vicki and Kent Logan
© The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY
photo: Ben Blackwell
Louise Bourgeois, Spider I, 1995, cast 1996
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
© The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Louise Bourgeois, Spider, 2003
gift of Helen and Charles Schwab through The Art Supporting Foundation
© The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY
photo: Christopher Burke
7 October 2017 – 4 September 2018

Louise Bourgeois created the first of her darkly compelling spider sculptures in the mid-1990s, when she was in her eighties. The artist saw spiders as both fierce and fragile, capable of being protectors as well as predators. For Bourgeois, the spider embodied an intricate and sometimes contradictory mix of psychological and biographical allusions. Partly a reference to her mother, partly to herself, spiders for her represented cleverness, industriousness, and protectiveness. Filling the museum’s sculpture gallery on Floor 5, Louise Bourgeois Spiders explores the captivating complexity of the artist’s conception of these elegant and fearsome creatures, with works sculpted in a range of materials and scales, from the intimate to the monumental.

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