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Louise Bourgeois x Jenny Holzer: The Violence of Handwriting Across a Page


Kunstmuseum Basel / Basel / Art

Jenny Holzer and Louise Bourgeois have little in common beyond their reputations as formidable artists. While Holzer is known for language-based work that challenges stereotypes, Bourgeois, who died in 2011, was predominantly a sculptor who explored the most deeply burrowed of human emotions. At the Kunstmuseum Basel, the two artists meet in an exhibition on Bourgeois that has been curated by Holzer. Not surprisingly, Holzer lets words lead the way. She has taken psychoanalytical texts from Bourgeois’s archives and staged them with sculptures, installations, paintings, and drawings to create a series of thematic groupings. —E.C.

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