Louise Bourgeois, who died on Monday at age 98, will be remembered for her metaphoric sculptures exploring themes of death, sexuality, and fear. The giant metal spider Maman, which the French-born artist called “an ode to my mother,” may be one of the first works that comes to mind. This fall we can see one of her more obscure works—an illustrated book with a tale of love and death—in an exhibition of fine art books at the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum.
Titled The Puritan, the book pairs geometric etchings with a fairy-tale-like story that Bourgeois wrote in 1947. Geometric designs depict New York skyscrapers that repeat the architectural motifs in her other works. Printed on hand-made paper produced by Twinrocker paper mill in Indiana, the large-scale, limited-edition work will be among the highlights of Twinrocker: Forty Years of Hand Papermaking, a retrospective of more than 25 books representing various artists.
Though we will miss her, Bourgeois will live on in her enormous influence on contemporary art. More than a few works shown in Atlanta in the past year—such as the soft sculptures of Ann Rowles, the bulbous marble creatures of Venske and Spänle, and the knotted plant sculptures of Pam Rogers—have suggested her rich legacy.
Curated by Teri Williams, the retrospective Twinrocker: Forty Years of Hand Papermaking will run at the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum at Georgia Tech from September 23 to December 17.