Louise Bourgeois Tour by Francesca DiMattio
New York Greats
Louise Bourgeois Townhouse and Studio Exclusive Tour Event hosted by Francesca DiMattio
May 3, 2017
Wednesday, 11am - 2pm
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Curagenda has invited New York based artist Francesca DiMattio to host an exclusive visit of Louise Bourgeois’ townhouse and studio in Chelsea. Louise’s home, which was also her studio, has been kept much as she left it. The adjacent townhouse has a small gallery space and, with the Louise Bourgeois Archive, serves as a research and study center for scholars and curators. On view will be a selection of archival documents and personal photographs, along with several artworks from the collection. Curagenda members will also enjoy the back sculpture garden while it opens up in the warm Spring weather. After the tour, enjoy a light lunch with the artist while discussing both artists' practices.
Internationally renowned artist, Louise Bourgeois, was born in Paris in 1911. Although she lived in New York from 1938 until her death in 2010, much of her inspiration was derived from her early childhood in France. The family’s prosperous business was the restoration and resale of seventeenth and eighteenth-century tapestries. Using the body as a primary form, Bourgeois explored the full range of the human condition. From poetic drawings to room size installations, she was able to give her fears a physical form in order to exorcise them. Memories, love and abandonment are the core of her complex body of work. Bourgeois was named Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French minister of culture in 1983. Other honors included the Grand Prix National de Sculpture from the French government
Francesca DiMattio (b 1981) lives and works in New York. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003 from Cooper Union and her Master of Fine Arts in 2005 from Columbia University. Recent solo exhibitions include “Francesca DiMattio: Housewares,” at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX; “Vertical Arrangements,” at the Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK; “Confection,” at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK; and “Domestic Sculpture,” Salon 94, New York, NY. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, The Frances Young Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY and The Zabludowicz Collection, London, New York, Sarvisalo.
Francesca DiMattio is represented by Salon 94, New York and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London.
The Easton Foundation
Image courtesy of the artist and Alex Franco