Drypoint engraving printed on cloth, stitched in lower right
36 7/8 x 16 3/4"; 93.6 x 42.5 cm
Edition of 20
© Louise Bourgeois
An exceptional opportunity to collect an important work by one of the world’s most influential artists. Louise Bourgeois Serpentine Gallery 40th Anniversary Limited Edition.
On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, the Serpentine Gallery is delighted to announce an exclusive signed, limited edition print, generously donated to the Gallery by the internationally acclaimed Louise Bourgeois, an artist approaching her 100th year.
Louise Bourgeois has been a central figure in the Serpentine’s 40 years of world class exhibition-making. In 1998 the Gallery staged a landmark exhibition of recent works, many of which later formed central parts of Louise Bourgeois, the seminal retrospective which toured to Tate Modern in 2007. In 1985 the Serpentine held an exhibition of drawing and sculpture by Bourgeois and Alice Aycock, which attracted a record number of visitors to the Gallery.
Bourgeois began drawing as a child. She explains: ‘Drawings are thought feathers, they are ideas that I seize in mid flight and put down on paper. All my thoughts are visual. But the subjects of drawings are often not translated until several years later. As a result, there are lots of things that appear in drawings that are never explored further.’ In the 1940s, Bourgeois worked at Atelier 17 with Stanley William Hayter, one of the 20th century’s most important printmakers, where she further explored her interest in the drawn line making etchings and engravings. The figure of Janus, the Roman god depicted with two heads facing in opposite directions, references what the artist describes as the ‘kind of polarity we represent.’ The figure is a recurring motif both in Bourgeois’ sculptures and works on paper.
Louise Bourgeois was born in France in 1911 and is now regarded as one of the most important artists of the last 70 years. Living and working in New York, Bourgeois has been the subject of solo exhibitions across the globe. Between 2007 and 2009, her major retrospective has been exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC and the Serpentine Gallery.
Serpentine Gallery Limited Edition Prints offer the opportunity to buy artworks by some of the biggest names contemporary art. All profits support the Serpentine Gallery's world renowned programmes.
To purchase a Limited Edition created by Louise Bourgeois for the Serpentine Gallery please contact:
Alia Al-Senussi, Serpentine Development Associate
+44 (0) 77 955 11 458
+44 (0) 77 955 11 458
The Serpentine Gallery’s 450 individual donors provide income of £1.5 million, which ensures that the Serpentine Gallery is open seven days a week and remains admission free. We offer donors priority purchase on all of the Serpentine’s Limited Edition Prints as a benefit of these schemes.
Members of Individual Donor Schemes receive privileged advanced access to buy a print from midday on Friday 12 February until 10am Tuesday 16 February 2010, on a first-come-first-served basis. After this time it will be made available to the public. Purchases during this period can only be made by telephone to: Alia Al-Senussi +44 (0) 77 955 11 458