Room 411 Louise Bourgeois: The Body in Exile (1947-1949)

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A complex series of references explains the sculptures from the first few years of Louise Bourgeois’ work in the USA. The artist’s approach to geometric abstraction, the repetitive use of form and industrial materials can most notably be seen in the work C.O.Y.O.T.E. (1947–49), which anticipated Minimalism and generated a hybrid, at once constructive and organic and based on architecture and the figure, that alluded to, by way of united forms and in formation, the stockpile of people’s energy, some supported by others, to overcome fear and the world in the face of individuality.