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开幕酒会：2011年6月4日，周六，晚6-8点 上海James Cohan画廊 地址：徐汇区岳阳路170弄1号楼1楼，近永嘉路
上海James Cohan画廊荣幸地宣布路易丝•布尔乔亚（Louise Bourgeois）展览将于2011年6月4日开幕，并将持续到8月28日。展览将推出由纽约著名版画工作室Harlan & Weaver于1999年至2009年间印制的三十三件铜版作品；这些精彩的作品同时也展现了布尔乔亚与印刷大师Felix Harlan和Carol Weaver自1989年始长达21年紧密、多产的合作关系。他们一同工作直至2010年5月艺术家于98岁高龄去世。
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LOUISE BOURGEOIS & A Tribute to Louise Bourgeois: Lin Tian Miao, Hu Xiaoyuan
June 4 through August 28, 2011
Opening reception: June 4th, 2011, Saturday, 6 to 8 pm Venue: James Cohan Gallery Shanghai Address: 1/F, Building 1, Lane 1, No.170 Yue Yang Road, Shanghai
James Cohan Gallery Shanghai is pleased to announce the exhibition Louise Bourgeois, opening June 4 and continuing through August 28, 2011. The exhibition will feature thirty-three etching and intaglio works dating from 1999 to 2009 that were printed by the renowned print atelier Harlan & Weaver based in New York City. This exhibition also hallmarks Bourgeois’s long and intensely productive 21-year relationship with master printers Felix Harlan and Carol Weaver, which began in1989. They continued working together until the artist’s death last year, in May 2010, at the age of 98.
Born in Paris, Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) studied at the Sorbonne, the Ecole du Louvre and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts prior to moving to New York in 1938 with her husband Robert Goldwater, who was an art historian and curator. She became an American citizen in 1955. Known throughout the world for her sculptures, drawings and prints, Bourgeois came to fame late in her long career. Her major 1982 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York brought Bourgeois, then in her early 70s, the critical acclaim, praise and popularity which had long eluded her. In 1993 she represented the United States at the Venice Biennale.
Printmaking had always been a central and important part of the artist’s work since the 1940s. Like her sculptures, the subject matter and imagery in her prints are emotionally and psychologically charged and personally emblematic. Reexhibitions themes of intimate relationships, personal memories, family, childhood and motherhood—and the anxiety of separation and reconciliation inherent to them—appear consistently throughout her works. As Felix Harlan has written, “her prints operated freely within her intellectual and emotional realm. The etchings provided a way of giving permanence to certain images she considered important… At times, printmaking became a daily activity, often working on several plates at once, in order to sketch out different ideas, though not all of the images were completed.” Bourgeois, in turn, often said, “The drawing is unimportant; it’s what goes into the plate that counts.” For Bourgeois the etching process and the physicality of its activity and materials—copper plates, using the tools in which to engrave, scratch, and burnish—shared an innate relationship to making sculpture.
This exhibition features the artist’s well-known images and themes, such as Spider Woman (2005), The Angry Cat (1999), and Hanging Figure (2000). Also on view is the portfolio La Reparation (2003) consisting of seven works that dwell symbolically into the artist’s personal history and the memory of her adolescence growing up in her parent’s tapestry restoration business in France. The portfolio’s title, with its double entendre, reflects on the painful emotional struggles Bourgeois experienced in her childhood home: the conspicuous infidelity of her father; her complex relationship with her mother, and the painstaking restoration process of 17th and 18th century textiles that, by the age of fifteen, she would assist in their repairs.
Complimenting this exhibition, and in tribute to Louise Bourgeois, we have invited the artists Lin Tian Miao and Hu Xiaoyuan to exhibit two sculptures. Bourgeois’s work has had a compelling influence and has been deeply admired by many younger artists, particularly women. Lin Tian Miao (b. 1961) and Hu Xiaoyuan (b. 1977) are among two of China’s most dynamic young women artists working today. Lin Tian Miao’s works have been exhibited and collected by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, The Seattle Art Museum, The Singapore Art Museum, and The National Museum of Australia, Canberra, among others. Hu Xiaoyuan’s work has been exhibited at the Kunstmuseum, Bern in 2008, and at Documenta 12, Kassel, Germany, in 2007. Most recently her work was featured in the exhibition “Beyond the Body” at the Museum of Contemporary (MoCA) in Shanghai.
On view at the gallery will be Lin’s Mother’s!!! No.1 Dog (2008), which is a key work from her large scale installation and exhibition first presented at Long March Space in Beijing. The sculpture, made of white polyurethane, silk cloth, and silk and cotton thread, depicts a voluptuous, reclining nude female figure, headless and swathed in silk, flanked by two menacing greyhounds. Presented as a dream-like, classical tableau, we are confronted with the artist’s conflicted sense of maternal anguish and vulnerability. In Hu Xiaoyuan’s new sculpture, titled Being Ignored Never Ends, Just Like the River, a quote taken from the Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; Hu has refashioned a common metal work table into a tabletop still life. Consisting of diverse materials, the sculpture is composed of balloons, molded from paper pulp and covered in snakeskin, dried honeycomb, a mirrored box filled with abandoned skins of cicadas, and a drawer of human bones also fabricated of paper pulp, replicating the exact size and proportions of the artist’s own body. For Hu Xiaoyuan each object is a relic of a exhibitions existence; a memory of what is shed, left behind, in which desire and new life sprout, and where decay and death seem to be in a state of neglect or being ignored, but also suggesting a potential transformation into new life, which never stops, just like a river.
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