The Easel

“Her name is Bourgeois, but she is not bourgeois”: Jerry Gorovoy on a lifetime working with Louise Bourgeois

Bourgeois moved to New York as a newlywed but for decades was peripheral in the art world. Her focus was internal – “work was more her than her own physical existence”. Turning 70 she began making autobiographical “cell” sculptures which addressed the female experience and her troubled childhood. Of these works she said “The work needs no words, it’s a visual work. If I could say it, I wouldn’t make it.”