Louise Bourgeois Retrospective Wins Prestigious Award

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Installation view of Louise Bourgeois

The International Association of Art Critics (AICA/USA) has awarded Louise Bourgeois Best Monographic Show in New York City for 2007–08.

The exhibition, which was on view at the Guggenheim Museum from June 27–September 28, 2008, provided a full-career retrospective of Louise Bourgeois—an artist who has been at the vanguard of contemporary art for more than 70 years—and examined her intersection with many of the leading avant-garde movements of the 20th century, including Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Post-Minimalism.

On learning of the award, Nancy Spector, Chief Curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Curator of the Bourgeois exhibition in New York said, "We are deeply honored that our efforts have been recognized by the AICA. The award is a testament to Louise Bourgeois's prodigious talent and to the vision of Frances Morris, Marie-Laure Bernadac, and Jonas Storsve, my colleagues at the Tate and the Centre Pompidou who organized the retrospective."

AICA was founded in 1948–49 in Paris and is made up of more than four thousand art critics. Winning projects in the U.S. were nominated and voted on by the four hundred American members of the association.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Guggenheim Museum in New York on March 2, 2009.

The Louise Bourgeois retrospective was on view at the Guggenheim Museum in New York from June 27–September 28, 2008. Photo: David Heald