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VernissageTV PDF-Magazine No. 19: Towers, Sand, Marble, a Parachute, Two Parks and a Spider

Out now: VernissageTV PDF-magazine No. 19, July 2011.

The topics of VernissageTV’s PDF Magazin No. 19 are Istanbul Biennial 2011, Louise Bourgeois at Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Carsten Nicolai at The Pace Gallery in New York, Yutaka Sone’s solo show at David Zwirner in New York, Phase 2 of The High Line Park in New York, Sarah Sze’s Highline Public Art Project, Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers, the Found Objects photo series by Didier Leroi, Frieze Sculpture Park 2011, and reviews by Lee Sharrock of the group show Air I Breathe and the Frieze Week in London.

Artists in this issue: Louise Bourgeois, Carsten Nicolai, Yutaka Sone, Sarah Sze, and Simon Rodia.

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Louise Bourgeois: À L’Infini. Artist Talk with Jerry Gorovoy at Fondation Beyeler

Jerry Gorovoy was Louise Bourgeois assistant for more than 30 years. He is a profound expert of her work. In this conversation with Dr. Ulf Kster, the curator of the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: À L’Infini at Fondation Beyeler, Jerry Gorovoy talks about the different aspects of Louise Bourgeois’ work and his personal experiences with the artist.

Louise Bourgeois: À L’Infini. Solo exhibition at Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Switzerland. Artist Talk. Dr. Ulf Kster (Curator, Fondation Beyeler) in conversation with Jerry Gorovoy, September 4, 2011.

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Louise Bourgeois: À L’Infini. Exhibition at Fondation Beyeler

Louise Bourgeois was one of the most exceptional artists of our time. Her life and work inspired many artists of younger generations such as Tracy Emin or Robert Gober. To honor her 100th birthday, the Fondation Beyeler is devoting an homage to Louise Bourgeois by placing her work in dialog with the museum’s permanent collection, especially artists with whom she had a special relationship, such as Paul Cézanne, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti. In this video, we walk through the exhibition and hear the curator of the show, Dr. Ulf Kster, talking about the concept of the exhibition and the relevance of Louise Bourgeois’ work.

Louise Bourgeois: À L’Infini presents sculptures and drawings by Louise Bourgeois as well as the famous Cell, Passage Dangereux. The highlight of the exhibition is the monumental spider sculpture titled Maman that sits in front of the museum in the Berower Park.

The exhibition was conceived together with Louise Bourgeois (who died on May 31, 2010) and curated by Dr. Ulf Kster (curator, Fondation Beyeler) in cooperation with the Louise Bourgeois Studio, New York.

In October 2011 a book on the exhibition by Dr. Ulf Kster will be published by Hatje Cantz Verlag.

Louise Bourgeois: À L’Infini. Solo exhibition at Fondation Beyeler, Riehen / Switzerland. Interview with Dr. Ulf Kster (Curator, Fondation Beyeler) and opening reception, September 2/3 30, 2011.

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Louise Bourgeois: Maman at Fondation Beyeler

On the occasion of the Louise Bourgeois exhibition at Fondation Beyeler, the museum is showing the artist’s famous sculpture Maman. This video documents the installation of Louise Bourgeois’ giant spider sculpture in the garden of Fondation Beyeler in Riehen (Basel, Switzerland). The video shows how the legs of the spider are assembled, and how the different parts of the sculpture – legs, body, eggs, head – are put together and how the sculpture is erected.

Louise Bourgeois’ Maman is one of the best-known works of the artist and the highlight of the exhibition, which the Fondation Beyeler has mounted in honor of her 100th birthday on December 25, 2011. The exhibition was planned together with the artist who died on May 31, 2010 and emerged in collaboration with the Louise Bourgeois Studio. It is curated by Ulf Kster, curator at the Fondation Beyeler. The exhibition opens on 3rd September and runs until 8th January 2012. There’s an artist talk at Fondation Beyeler with Louise Bourgois’ long-standing assistant Jerry Gorovoy on 4th September 2011, 11.30am.

Bourgois began using the spider as central image in her art in the late 1990s. Maman was first shown in Louise Bourgeois’ exhibition at the Tate Modern as unique steel and marble sculpture in 2000. Subsequently an edition of six bronzes was cast by the artist. Bronze casts if Maman are on permanent display at The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Mori Art Center Tokyo, and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

According to the artist, “The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother.“ (Source: Tate press release)

Louise Bourgeois: Maman at Fondation Beyeler. Installation in Berower Park, Riehen / Switzerland, August 30, 2011.

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Art 41 Basel Highlights by Art – Das Kunstmagazin: Beckmann, Bourgeois, McCarthy, van Liefland

The Highlights of the international show for Modern and contemporary art, Art 41 Basel 2010 as selected by Ute Thon (Art – Das Kunstmagazin): Louise Bourgois at Karsten Greve, Max Beckmann at Jrg Maa, Paul McCarthy at Hauser & Wirth, and Joep van Liefland at Galerie Gebr. Lehmann (in German language).

Art 41 Basel 2010 Highlights. Basel / Switzerland, June 16, 2010. Interviews: Ute Thon, Art – Das Kunstmagazin.

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