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Gaston Lachaise and Louise Bourgeois: A Juxtaposition

3 March 2014

Author : joseph-delaney

End of Softness 1967

For this year’s ADAA: The Art Show, New York’s Cheim & Read Gallery are holding A Juxtaposition, presenting the works of two iconic 20th century sculptors Louise Bourgeois and Gaston Lachaise, examining their works side-by-side as a means of attempting to extract new meaning.

untitled gaston-lachaise Gaston Lachaise, Female Torso 1924

The exhibition , by positioning the work of the two artists who share a wealth of similarities in each of their personal and professional biographies, attempts to re-contextualize the works, aiming to continue a fluid and open dialogue about works of art that have been presented to same audiences numerous times before. Whether simply a means of finding reason for their continued, repeat presentation, this format of exhibition forces us to examine the works not only from a new light but within the innumerable contexts in which the works would have been created, especially in the case of those artists whose work owes something to their own innate experiences and those which are deeply biographical.

Gaston Lachaise Standing Woman


The sculptors, both Paris born and relocated to New York , explore intimately similar subject matters that were almost exclusively shaped by an interest in sexuality and the body. Bourgeois, whose abstract forms are reminiscent of the form of human flesh, Lachaise’s more figurative, but still highly stylized representation of the female form accentuating the voluptuous figure; round breasts and hips with slender, almost sinuous limbs. “Contrary to Don Juan, and to what many feminists may feel, Lachaise did not exploit women but enjoyed them,” says Louise Bourgeois of Lachaise’s work.”To be a sex object is a flattering experience.”

The exhibition begins Wednesday 5th March.

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