Despite her 91 years, Louise Bourgeois possesses an enviable amount of creative energy and power. Since many, many years, she has been coming forward with new bodies of work that, each time again, surprise by their artistic relevance and poignancy. In “New sculptures and The Woven Drawings” Louise Bourgeois continues the processing of her own cloths. She incorporates them in figurative sculptures and uses strips from shirts, skirts and jacket to weave them into abstract drawings. The process of the weaving is important to Bourgeois because it dates back to her early childhood and her parent’s tapestry restoration workshop.Gert Verhoeven
For this year’s Basel Art Fair, Gert Verhoeven, has created a series of 40 silk screens on paper, entitled “The Deed by the Doer”. The series was represented as one large, wall-filling project composed of 40 similar but slightly different prints.
“The Deed by the Doer” makes a critical and humorous - almost Broodthaersian - assessment of the art world. Inspired by Nietzche’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra”, Verhoeven perceives the art world as a complex network of “deeds” and “doers”. In this heterogeneous system of actions and action takers, the essential deed which summarizes the work of art is dead and has been replaced by a multiplicity of actions, systems, ideas, organisations and agreements that are being handled not only by the artist himself but also, and sometimes even more powerfully, by the spectators, curators, critics, organizers of art fairs, …
To visually represent the “deeds” and “doers”, Verhoeven has chosen the icon of the industrially produced light bulb, on which he sometimes draws a funny face: it becomes an idea that flickers, a machine that starts rolling, a warning sign … He also makes a clear statement by not drawing the lamp by hand but by just copying the packages of an existing brand of light bulbs, indicating the artist is no longer an individual creator but one of the executing members of a finely tuned production system.
For Gert Verhoeven, it is important the project has a democratic value: that is why he chose to sell the silk screens at a relatively low price, making it possible for every collector to pick out one work at the spot, pay for it, lift it from the wall and immediately take it home.
Until 7 September, the remaining prints of “The Deed by the Doer” will be installed on the second floor of the gallery.
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