Louise Bourgeois: Paintings is the first comprehensive exhibition of paintings produced by the iconic French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) between her arrival in New York in 1938 and her turn to sculpture in the late 1940s. While Bourgeois is best known today as a sculptor, it is in this early body of work—created in the decade spanning World War II—that her artistic voice emerged, establishing a core group of visual motifs that she would continue to explore and develop over the course of her celebrated, decades-long career. Informed by new archival research, the exhibition sheds light on a little-known chapter in the artist’s practice.

Louise Bourgeois: Paintings is organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. NOMA is the exhibition’s second and final venue.

Louise Bourgeois in the studio of her apartment at 142 East 18th Street (detail)

c. 1946

Gelatin silver print

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