Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine | Chicago Reader

Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine

Like the gigantic metal spiders that have become her calling card, French sculptor Louise Bourgeois is a pitiless, commanding presence, and this enveloping portrait by Marion Cajori and Amei Wallach reaches deep into the psychological forces that have shaped her work. Scarred by her mother's iciness and her father's infidelity, Bourgeois found her metier in room-size creations that combined sculpted human forms and household objects, with obscure narratives that take place inside an eerie attic of the female mind. Now in her 90s, she proves to be a sharp and perceptive interview subject, but the documentary is most illuminating for its slow, intimate, studious pans through her work, not least the towers, circular staircases, and disk-shaped mirrors of “I Do, I Undo, I Redo” (2000), her epic installation at the Tate Modern in London. 98 min.

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