Louise Bourgeois has got to be one of my all time favorite artists. Not only does her work have conceptual depth and striking beauty, she's also a feisty 97-year-old feminist full of spirit and spitfire. So, needless to say, it was such a treat to discover her "Crouching Spider" sculpture just a few feet from the San Francisco Ferry Building during my recent trip to California. Last year the Guggenheim mounted a huge retrospective of her work here in NYC and, after making a stop at the MOCA in Los Angeles, it's currently on view thru May 17th at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC. If you're in the area you MUST check it out. Can't make it to DC? Get a jump on the crowds and add "Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and The Tangerine" to your Netflix queue. Available in June on DVD, I promise this documentary will make you love Louise as much as I do. Any older woman who can pull off haughty in a pink faux-fur coat and sequin newsboy cap is an automatic icon.
The Blind Leading the Blind, 1947-1949
"My emotions are inappropriate to my size."
Le Défi, 1991