Louise Bourgeois. Look Up!. 2009

Louise Bourgeois

Look Up!

2009

State/Variant:
Only state
Medium
Etching
Dimensions
composition (upper): 46 5/8 × 10 3/4" (118.5 × 27.3 cm); sheet (upper): 46 5/8 × 10 3/4" (118.5 × 27.3 cm); composition (lower): 46 7/8 × 10 3/4" (119 × 27.3 cm); sheet (lower): 48 5/16 × 10 3/4" (122.8 × 27.3 cm); sheet (overall): 93 1/2 x 10 3/4" (237.5 x 27.3 cm) (when exhibited, the upper sheet slightly overlaps the lower sheet to connect the upper and lower halves of the composition)
Publisher
Osiris, New York
Printer
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition
9
Impression
"9/9" lower left comp., pencil, artist's hand.
Credit
Gift of the artist
Object number
270.2011.a-b
Copyright
© 2017 The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is on view on Floor 2, in the Marron Atrium, with 15 other works online.
Louise Bourgeois has 3,095 works  online.
There are 21,411 prints online.

Among the devices Bourgeois employed in the pursuit of abstraction was the repetition of certain forms, including straight and curved lines and the small circles seen here. She found such repetitive markings gave her a sense of calm. The extended height of this work also filled an emotional need. "Verticality is the move from the passive (fear and violence) to the active," she said.

Gallery label from Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, Sept. 24, 2017-Jan. 28, 2018

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