Nice to See You, Part I: Louise Bourgeois
by Jen Graves
on Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 11:50 AM
The most visible works of art by Louise Bourgeois in Seattle do not demonstrate her at her best. There's the stony Father and Son fountain at the Olympic Sculpture Park, which is like a scene from a robot convention, and then there are the eyeball benches near the fountain, which are surrealism-lite (fun with surrealism!).
But in memory of Bourgeois, who died May 31, the Henry Art Gallery has taken a handful of her works out of storage—nice to see you!—in order to arrange a small Bourgeois exhibition on the mezzanine. In the show is a sculpture that looks, uncomfortably, like an intestinal extrusion that's also smooth and wants caressing, and a print that's a portrait of sleepy but hungry love. Both are just strange enough to give you a little but real dose of the Vitamin L.