The Office Inbox: Sculpting Louise

New on DVD, “The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine” by documentary filmmakers Marion Cajori and Amei Wallach gives viewers insight into Louis Bourgeois’s creative process and fascinating personal history.

poster for Louise Bourgeois Exhibition

Louise Bourgeois Exhibition

at Guggenheim Museum
in the Upper East Side area
This event has ended - (2008-06-27 - 2008-09-28)

In Oddly Enough Reviews by Evelyn Kim 2009-07-14 print

Abandoned as a child, Louise Bourgeois has since challenged the modern art world with her unique approach to sculpture and installations. “The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine” gives us a glimpse into the psyche of a resilient woman who was able to convert her painful memories into works of art. We are guided through the intimate events of Bourgeois’s life in way that helps us to understand a seemingly bizarre artist in a human way.

Paranoid and plagued by issues from her past, Bourgeois takes an offensive approach in executing her life, an approach that extends to her artwork. Her domineering personality and dogmatic style leave little room for romanticism, but enable her to triumph over fear.

This documentary presents an artist whose work is completely inspired by moving personal episodes. We can feel the artist’s vitality through her monuments as if we’ve been bitten by one of Bourgeois’s venomous spiders. This film observes Bourgeois’s creative process and reveals fascinating accounts of her personal history. By the end, Marion Cajori and Amei Wallach succesfully acquaint us with Louise Bourgeois not just as a celebrated sculptor, but as someone we can relate to.

“The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine” trailer

“Bourgeois Looms Large at the Guggenheim” NYAB Review of “Louise Bourgeois” at the Guggenheim Summer 2008.

Evelyn Kim

Evelyn Kim. Evelyn is an aspiring writer, graffiti chaser, and the ultimate hobbyist. Based in NYC for now, she is on a mission to bring together creative individuals to form communities of the curious and talented. As a student of Media and Communications, she is constantly preoccupied with debunking the realities of an overwhelmingly technology-saturated society. Evelyn is often seen munching around various falafel carts or taking pictures of strange art in unexpected places. Naturally committed to a healthy mind and body, she brainstorms new project ideas, sweating them down to clarity while running the outer loop at Central Park. » See other writings


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