Ground-breaking artist remembered
Work by the recently deceased French-born artist, Louise Bourgeois is included in the exhibition The Rise of Women Artists at the Walker Art Gallery.
Bourgeois who died on 31 May 2010 was an endlessly inventive artist who has left a lasting legacy on the art world.
Her work Ears, 2005 features in the section Where are we now, an area of the exhibition which examines how women have gained greater equality with men within the visual arts thanks to the work of pioneering artists such as Bourgeois.
Ann Bukantas, head of fine art at the Walker Art Gallery says: “Her death is a huge loss to the art world. She had a unique approach to her art and was a significant influence on other artists.
“The acquisition of her piece Ears, 2005, a focal point in our exhibition The Rise of Women Artist, was a major purchase for our collection and meant that our visitors could see the work of this ground-breaking international artist here in Liverpool.“
The Rise of Women Artists, on until 1 August 2010, charts the progress made by female artists from the 16th century up to the present day. The Walker Art Gallery was ahead of its time in collecting works by women artists, a fact that is reflected in the scope and diversity of the display.
The exhibition is displayed chronologically in nine sections, featuring paintings, works on paper, textiles, ceramics and sculpture. It traces the historical changes affecting women, looking at their status and careers as they moved to assert themselves as artists in their own right.