Louise Bourgeois

The Woven Child


The magic power of the needle


ISBN: 9783775751490 Category:


This book provides a comprehensive overview of the fabric works from the last two decades in the career of legendary artist Louise Bourgeois. “I’ve always had a fascination with the needle,” she said, “the magic power of the needle. The needle is used to repair damage. It’s a claim to forgiveness.” This body of work began when the artist started incorporating clothes from all stages of her life into her art, and later expanded to include a range of other textiles such as bedlinen, handkerchiefs, tapestry, and needlepoint. The fabric works mine the themes of identity and sexuality, trauma and memory, guilt and reparation, and serve as metaphors for emotional and psychological states. The catalog – which accompanies the exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London and the Gropius Bau, Berlin – features works from numerous series, including the monumental Cell installations, figurative sculptures, and abstract drawings.

Additional information

Weight 1132 g
Dimensions 24.4 x 28 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 13 June 2022
Number of pages 208
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Ralph Rugoff, Text by Lynne Cooke, Rachel Cusk, and Julienne Lorz
Dimensions 24.4 x 28 cm
Weight 1132 g


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LOUISE BOURGEOIS (1911-2010) is one of the most influential artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, best known for her formally inventive and psychologically powerful sculptures.