Louise Bourgeois Prints: Autobiographical Series and Drypoints

Gallery 2: 17 September - 29 October

 
Gracefield is delighted to be hosting Hayward Touring’s latest print exhibition featuring two collections of works by one of the most influential artists of recent decades, Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010)

Best known for her powerful, emotionally charged sculptures - enclosed ‘cell’ or cage-like installations and fabric figures - she was also a prolific printmaker and draughtswoman
 
Most of the French-American artist’s work dealt with strongly autobiographical themes, invoking her childhood emotions of loneliness, desire, anxiety and jealousy
 
Autobiographical Series (1994) consists of 14 etchings illustrating some of her deepest thoughts and memories whilst the 11 Drypoints (all from 1999) brings her obsessions
into more vivid focus. The two series in this exhibition were made whilst she was in her eighties, after installing a small press in her own home. Printmaking became the medium thatbrought her practice full circle

Photo: Christopher Burke, © The Easton Foundation/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2015