Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Bourgeois art

The 1999 steel original of Louise Bourgeois' sculpture Maman is in the collection of the Tate Modern. In 2003 it was reproduced in six bronze casts. The spider has become the Calder mobile of the 21st century. Where once global public art museums had a Calder hanging high in the atrium, now it’s a giant bronze spider guarding the entrance. This is true outside the Guggenheim in Bilboa, the Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul, Tokyo’s MoriArtCenter in Japan and now, as we discovered today, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. Four down, two to go.
Images: Top, the Ottawa spider. Middle left, the original steel spider outside Tate Modern and right, a spider in Seoul. Bottom left Bilbao spider and right Tokyo spider at the Mori.