Louise Bourgeois: Room 10

Louise Bourgeois Untitled 1986

Louise Bourgeois Untitled 1986Watercolour, ink, oil, charcoal and pencil on paper 

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois Untitled 2002

Louise Bourgeois Untitled 2002Fabric and steel 

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois The Woven Child 2002

Louise Bourgeois The Woven Child 2002Fabric, steel and aluminium 

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois Fragile Goddess 2002

Louise Bourgeois Fragile Goddess 2002Fabric 

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois Give or Take 2002

Louise Bourgeois Give or Take 2002Bronze, silver nitrate patina

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois Spider 2003

Louise Bourgeois Spider 2003Stainless steel and fabric 

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois Soft Landscape 1963

Louise Bourgeois Soft Landscape 1963Latex and plaster 

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois Germinal 1967

Louise Bourgeois Germinal 1967Marble 

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Alan Fin

Louise Bourgeois  Soft Landscape II 1967

Louise Bourgeois  Soft Landscape II 1967Plastic 

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois Soft Landscape I 1967

Louise Bourgeois Soft Landscape I 1967Plastic 

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois Harmless Woman 1969

Louise Bourgeois Harmless Woman 1969Bronze, gold patina

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke 

Louise Bourgeois Mother and Child 1970

Louise Bourgeois Mother and Child 1970Wax, metal pins and needles 

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois Untitled 1970–2

Louise Bourgeois Untitled 1970–2Bronze, five elements 

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois Untitled 1996

Louise Bourgeois Untitled 1996Fabric, lace and thread 

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Peter Bellamy

Louise Bourgeois Portrait of Robert 1969

Louise Bourgeois Portrait of Robert 1969Bronze, painted white 

Courtesy Cheim & Read, Galerie Karsten Greve and Galerie Hauser & Wirth © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois Untitled 1969

Louise Bourgeois Untitled 1969Watercolour and charcoal on paper 

Private Collection © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke

Louise Bourgeois Femme Maison 1994

Louise Bourgeois Femme Maison 1994White marble

Private collection © Louise Bourgeois Photo: Christopher Burke

The final room in this retrospective exhibition acts as a kind of ‘cabinet of curiosities’, showing small sculptures and drawings made by Louise Bourgeois over a sixty-year time span.

Unlike many contemporary artists, Bourgeois has maintained her daily practices of making, drawing and writing throughout most of her career. She has accepted a number of significant, large-scale commissions, but for the most part her work is studio-based. The small works in this room are testament to her drive to create, to experiment with materials, forms and ideas.

This room also acts as a small-scale, alternative retrospective exhibition of Bourgeois’s work. Pieces are grouped together by theme or type, rather than chronology, highlighting the very wide range of materials and techniques with which Bourgeois has worked. Objects, shapes and images recur over time, showing the artistic vocabulary Bourgeois developed through the years and giving further insight into her thought processes and working methods.