DO NOT ABANDON ME
September 9 – November 13, 2010
Tue – Sat 11-6
@ Carolina Nitsch Project Room
534 W.22nd Street
Opening September 9, 6-8pm
Carolina Nitsch is pleased to present Do Not Abandon Me, 2009-2010, a series of 16
collaborative works created by Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin during the past two
years. The show is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog.
Originating with Bourgeois’ 16 gouache drawings on paper of male and female torsos in
profile, Emin ‘responded’ by adding handwritten text, line drawings and gouache. The
collaboration was then printed at Dye-namix studio in New York with archival dyes on
cloth in an edition of 18 sets with 6 artist proofs. Each work measures 24 x 30”. Do Not
Abandon Me is published by Carolina Nitsch.
Although generations apart, Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin both are known for their
confessional writing and autobiographical subject matter. They each confront the
theme of emotional dependency and the fear of being separated and abandoned. In Do
Not Abandon Me, they explore sexuality, identity, birth, gender and ultimately the need
to feel attached to the “Other”.
This exhibition will travel to London to be shown at Hauser & Wirth on Old Bond street
from Feb 18 –March 12, 2011.
Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911, moved to New York in 1938 and worked
prolifically until her death earlier this year in New York. She painted and sculpted in the
shadow of her male peers until 1982 when the Museum of Modern Art, NY organized a
retrospective of her work (the first ever given to a female artist). A comprehensive, fullcareer
retrospective of her work was organized in 2007 by the Tate Modern, London, in
association with the Centre Pompidou, Paris. This exhibition also traveled to the
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, MoCA, Los Angeles and the Hirshhorn
Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.
Tracey Emin was born in London in 1963 and was raised in the seaside town of Margate
on the English coast. She studied printmaking at Maidstone College of Art in Kent and
painting at the Royal College of Art. In 2008 the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
held her first major retrospective, "Tracey Emin 20 Years," which subsequently toured
to the Centro de Arte Contempoáneo de Málaga in Spain and the Kunstmuseum Bern in
Switzerland 2009. In 2007 Emin represented Britain at the 52nd Venice Biennale.
Tracey Emin lives and works in London.
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