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    Thursday, January 24, 2008

    Crouching Spider-Louise Bourgeois

    Crouching Spider-Louise Bourgeois, originally uploaded by kris497.

    "Louise Bourgeois’s monumental bronze sculpture titled “Crouching Spider,” on loan to the City by the artist, is currently installed by the San Francisco Arts Commission on the Embarcadero at Mission Street - Entry Plaza at Pier 14

    Originally produced in 2003, this cast from the artist’s famous “Spider” series was made specifically for display in San Francisco. Louise Bourgeois, 95, is considered to be one of the world’s most important and influential artists living today. She was born in Paris in 1911 and moved to New York in 1939 where her prolific career has spanned seven decades. Concurrent with the display on the Embarcadero, Ms. Bourgeois’s work is on a worldwide museum tour starting with the Tate Modern in London and traveling to the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Hirschorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

    The sculpture, courtesy of Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco and Cheim & Read, New York, will be on loan for eight months or longer. “Crouching Spider” is part of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Sculpture in the City program, which brings both permanent and temporary sculpture installations by local and national artists to the City. This is a temporary project of the San Francisco Arts Commission and is placed on the Embarcadero courtesy of the San Francisco Port Commission. Art Enrichment funding is provided by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission."

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