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Works by Bourgeois
among four new Krannert Art Museum exhibitions
Melissa Mitchell, News Editor
(217) 333-5491; firstname.lastname@example.org
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. This country's most comprehensive museum exhibition
of early works by Louise Bourgeois is among four new shows opening at
the University of Illinois' Krannert Art Museum in the coming weeks.
"Louise Bourgeois: The Early Work," featuring art produced
by Bourgeois during the 1940s and 1950s, opens April 26 and runs through
Aug. 4. The carefully selected collection includes 25 sculptures, referred
to as "Personages"; 17 paintings, 30 early drawings; and a
set of prints titled "He Disappeared Into Complete Silence."
Most of the works are drawn from the artist's personal collection and
from private collections in the United States. Some have never before
been shown publicly.
Bourgeois, who is internationally regarded as one of the most important
20th century American artists, spent more than half her career in relative
obscurity. She produced her first mature, highly original works after
moving to New York City in the 1940s. She participated in group exhibitions
with such Abstract Expressionists as Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell
and Jackson Pollock, and was associated with many avant-garde New York
artists, as well as exiled European Surrealists and Dadaists.
Among the few living representatives of that New York generation, Bourgeois
is still an active participant in the international art scene. She continues
to produce new works, which are distinguished by their psychological
and symbolic references.
Events planned in association with the exhibition include:
May 1, 5:30
p.m., KAM auditorium, "In the Realm of the Mind's Eye: The Spirit
of Play and the Inner Life of Artists," a talk by Kay Larson, an
art critic who writes for the New York Times and New York magazine.
May 2, 11
a.m.-1 p.m., "Louise Bourgeois Colloquium," East Gallery,
planned in conjunction with the UI Women's Studies Program's "Women
and Creativity" series.
May 8, 5:30
p.m., "Material, Obsession, Memory: The Work of Louise Bourgeois,"
KAM auditorium, a talk by museum director Josef Helfenstein.
Other exhibitions and related events scheduled at the museum, beginning
in May, include:
in a Material World: Art of the '80s," an exhibition chronicling
the excesses of the art world, on view May 10 through Aug. 4. The exhibition
features works by artists, represented in the museum's permanent collection,
who participated in the booming art economy of the 1980s.
The show explores the "materiality" of art production on a
variety of levels.
Works IX: Calligraphy Between Two Cultures," an exhibition running
May 17-Aug. 4 that explores relationships between calligraphy and gesture
in works by Chinese artists Wang Dongling and American artist Robert
Anne Burkus-Chasson, the show's guest curator, will discuss those relationships
at the May 22 Midweek ArtSpeak talk, at noon in the museums Light
Glass: Selections from the Permanent Collection, May 31 through Oct.
The Krannert Art Museum is located on the UI campus at 500 E. Peabody
Drive, Champaign, one block east of Memorial Stadium. The museum is
open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; until
8 p.m. on Wednesday; and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. A donation of $3 is