Art: A Sense of Female Experience

Primitive invocations that get beyond a litter of isms

Louise Bourgeois is certainly the least-known artist ever to get a retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art, an honor usually reserved for the Picassos or at least the Frank Stellas of this world. She is almost 71, French, a resident of New York City since 1938, and a mature sculptor by any conceivable definition of the word. Until quite recently not many people wanted to look at her work, and her recognition was slight, at least compared with the fame that surrounded that...

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