Art In America

Louise Bourgeois

at Cheim & Read,
547 West 25th Street

Who knew Louise Bourgeois made holograms? If you saw the New Museum’s 2012 show “Pictures from the Moon,” you may have spied a pair of the sculptor’s rarely exhibited holographic plates, both showing vacant chairs that look like they were captured in a haunted dollhouse. Cheim & Read’s show, installed in the small rear gallery, includes these two and six others, all made in 1998 when a holographic studio pitched their technology to the artist, then eighty-seven. Viewers familiar with Bourgeois’s work will recognize some of her favored sculptural forms—bed frames, jars, disembodied feet—in these blood-red, tantalizingly 3D pieces. A sculpture of a doll bed laden with four metal feet in the middle of the room adds to the delightfully creepy aura of this most unexpected exhibition. —Leigh Anne Miller


Pictured: Louise Bourgeois: Untitled (detail), 1998–2014, hologram, approx. 11 by 14 inches. © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, NY. Photo Matthew Schreiber.

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