Dispatches from China: Louise Bourgeois at James Cohen Gallery Shanghai

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While traveling in Shanghai I was lucky enough to make it to see a delightfully concise retrospective of print works by Louise Bourgeois at James Cohen Gallery Shanghai. Titled simply, Louise Burgeois (and running through 6/6-8/28), this summer exhibition was organized by Author Solway, the Shanghai gallery director, in close collaboration with the print publishers Harlan & Weaver. Harlan & Weaver supplied all of the prints for the exhibit from their long history of collaborating with the artist over her very prolific career. Keeping with Harlan & Weaver’s specialty the works are entirely intaglio, often employing adept combination of mulitiple etching processes.

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The work in the exhibit is vibrant and beautiful. Bourgeios’s energy and whimsy telegraphs through the work in a way that left me smiling in spite of myself.

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The gallery is situated in an amazing, historic building that suits the show. Around the edges of the the pristine white box, the colors and materials allude to the beautiful mashed-up architectural history of old Shanghai.

There rest of this post is a photo essay of this exhibit. The work speaks for itself.

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Note the detail of the ear hole.

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I can’t imagine this sculpture looking as good anywhere else.

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This constellation of prints near the end of the exhibit seemed to be having a lovely conversation.

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