Beijing, China Next: New York, New York
Louise Bourgeois (American, born France, 1911-2010)
Two Figures, 1949, bronze, 5 feet, 6 1/2 inches x 1 foot x 1 foot
Untitled, 1947-49, painted bronze, 4 feet, 4 inches x 1 foot x 1 foot
In 2003, FAPE secured the donation of two bronze sculptures by Louise Bourgeois for installation at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, which opened in 2008.
The internationally acclaimed artist was born in Paris, and emigrated to the United States in 1939. She is best known for her contributions to both modern and contemporary art, and for her spider sculptures. In 1973, Bourgeois began teaching at the Pratt Institute, Cooper Union, and the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. She received her first retrospective in 1981 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York City. Her work is in the collections of major museums around the world, and in 1993 she represented the United States at the Venice Biennale.
Gift of the artist with additional funding provided by Sheila Johnson Robbins