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Knots and Sutures

2018.11.2 15:00-16:20
Long Museum West Bund

Theme: Knots and Sutures
Guest Speakers: Philip Larratt-Smith, Jerry Gorovoy, Dr. Ulf Küster, Xiang Jing
Moderator: Shen Qilan

Time: 3:00-4:20 PM, Nov 2nd, 2018
Address: Multi-function room, Long Museum (West Bund)
Language: English and Chinese (Simultaneous interpretation will be provided)
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In this panel discussion, we will discuss Louise Bourgeois, one of the world's most important artists, and her unique artistic language and life story.

Bourgeois was born in Paris, France in 1911, and died in New York in 2010. At the age of 98, her creativity was still going strong. All her work comes out of her powerful and uncontrollable emotions. The pain she tried to escape became the driving force and source of her artistic creation. Like the knotting and stitching of a fabric, she sublimates the pain of life into a work of art.

The pain and emotions that originated from the beginning of life did not dissipate over time, though they did gradually become transformed into precious memories. Bourgeois captured it in an artistic way until it was identified, expressed, confirmed, and loved. Like her.

As the curator of the exhibition, Philip Larratt-Smith, has said: When I think of Bourgeois, I sometimes think of Sartre's evaluation of Baudelaire - she has a talent for suffering.

In this forum we will explore the painful value of art and artists. Bourgeois once said: Pain is the ransom of formalism.

The intimate relationship she was unable to reconcile in her life. Her courage coexists with her pain.

With the eternal thread Bourgeois unfolds her life. The unravelled and unresolved problems in life are like knots in the thread. It is to treat and to close the wounds of life, like a suture. It is during this process that her art is born.

Guest Speakers: Philip Larratt-Smith

Philip Larratt-Smith is a writer and curator based in New York. Recent curatorial projects include: Hiroshi Sugimoto / Black Box (2016), Fundación MAPFRE; Cy Twombly Paradise (2014), co-curated with Julie Sylvester, Museo Jumex and Ca' Pesaro; Louise Bourgeois. Petite Maman (2013), Museo Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City; Yayoi Kusama / Infinite Obsession (2013-2015), co-curated with Frances Morris, MALBA, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil and Instituto Tomie Ohtake, and Museo Tamayo; Bruce Nauman / mindfuck (2013), Hauser & Wirth London; Louise Bourgeois: Conscious and Unconscious (2012), Qatar Museums Authority, Doha; Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed (2011-2012), Fundación PROA, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Museu de Arte Moderna de Rio de Janeiro, and Freud Museum London; Larry Clark (2011), Fototeca de Cuba, Havana; and Andy Warhol, Mr. America (2009-2010), Banco de la República, MALBA, and Pinacoteca de São Paulo.

Larratt-Smith has written extensively on postwar and contemporary art, including such artists as Roni Horn, Jenny Holzer, Esther Kläs, Philip Guston, Jac Leirner, Jannis Kounellis, and Milton Resnick. He is currently preparing the complete psychoanalytic writings of Louise Bourgeois for publication.

Guest Speakers: Jerry Gorovoy

President of Louise Bourgeois’s The Easton Foundation.Born in December 4th, 1953, graduated from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY ,Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1975.Pratt Institute, New York City,Master of Fine Arts, 1977.Between 1982 and 2010, he served as an assistant to the artist Louise Bourgeois.From 2010 to present, he is the President of the Easton Foundation of Louise Bourgeois. Since 1980, Jerry have written many articles about Louise Bourgeois. Previous at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia;Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan;University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA;North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh;Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA;The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia;The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel;The Wexner Art Center, Ohio;The Louisiana Museum, Denmark and other places to give lectures.

Guest Speakers: Dr. Ulf Küster

Born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1966. Ulf Küster studied art history, history and archaeology in Freiburg im Breisgau, Berlin and London. He finished his studies in 1996 with a doctor thesis on “The Young Adolph Menzel”. 2004 conception and realization of “Weimar – Eine Wanderung” for the art festival in Weimar “pèlerinages”.Since September 2004 Küster has worked as curator at the Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel. He curated the shows“René Magritte” (2005), with Steingrim Laursen and Evelyn Benesch, “Eros – Rodin und Picasso” (2006), again with Philippe Büttner,as “Alberto Giacometti” (2009).In 2011 he co-curated the exhibition “Segantini” with Diana Segantini and Guido Magnaguagno and later “Louise Bourgeois. À l‘infini”, followed by “Pierre Bonnard” (2012) and “Ferdinand Hodler” (2013), the latter in cooperation with the Neue Galerie, New York. On the occasion of the Fondation Beyeler’s 20th birthday in 2017, Ulf Küster curated the show “Monet”.

Guest Speakers: Xiang Jing

As one of the most important contemporary artists in China, 21 years of Xiang Jing’s work is a unique perspective to view the transformation in contemporary Chinese art. Xiang’s artwork reveals a sense of insecurity through which the misty nature of the modern human character and life itself are accentuated and reified. Xiang Jing seeks after the existential truth of life through her continued investigation of “internality” of human nature in her work. Xiang Jing’s work practice is problem-oriented. Within the gradually marginalized realist sculpting language framework, Xiang Jing has made idiosyncratic and influential contemporary experiments. She shapes each of her sculptures into individual appearance and characters, hand-paints her sculptures in many layers, and chooses fiberglass as her principle material.

Moderator: Shen Qilan

Dr. Qilan SHEN is a famous curator, cultural scholar and art critic in China.

She curates the large-scale retrospective exhibition of "A.R. Penck: Will Sign Become Reality? " in 2017. She is academic consultant for exhibition "Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou 1906-1977" in 2016. Now She's curating a special art project of "Bauhaus Class" with Goethe Institute in 2018. She’s responsible for international forum of Shanghai Biennale 2018 “the Dialogues of Art and Philosophy”. She is co-curator of Exhibition “Aura of Poetry”, in Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai 2014.

Dr. Qilan SHEN received her Ph.D. from University of Münster, Germany.

Dr. Qilan SHEN writes and publishes extensively for international magazines, recently an essay for Antony Gormley's latest catalog and Markus Lüpertz’s catalog, and a special feature on Fernando Botero. She’s invited to contribute to the catalog of “Landscapes of the Mind— Master Pieces from Tate Britain (1700- 1980)” for Shanghai Museum.

She was the director of the prestige Art World Magazine, and later chief editor of Art Dept. at Insight Media, publishing house. Now she’s one of the editorial board members of Book Town. She closely collaborates with international institutions and artists on exhibitions and art projects.

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