Born in Paris, in 1911, Louise Bourgeois grew up against the backdrop of W.W. I. Home life was complicated by her father’s adulteries (he took the family au pair as his mistress), and when Bourgeois was 20, her beloved mother—the inspiration for her renowned spider sculptures—passed away. Bourgeois channeled her fears and anxieties into her art, frankly addressing the subjects of family dynamics, sexuality, and mortality. Though she is best known for her large-scale sculptures, her paintings and prints are just as mesmerizing, always unearthing the unexpected. This exhibition features works from her 70-year career, including Spider I, Femme, and Cell XIV (Portrait). —E.C.
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