MoMA launches Louise Bourgeois website
The Museum of Modern Art has launched a major website Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books.
This website will eventually contain 3,500 images documenting the complete prints and illustrated books of Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010), most of which are in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art. Completion of the website is expected in 2015.
In 1990, Bourgeois donated a complete archive of her printed work to MoMA. That archive will be fully available on the new website by 2015. Presently, the site represents 400 works on the themes of Spiders and printed Fabric Works. These will be supplemented each year, and organized by such themes as Abstraction, Body Parts, Motherhood & Family, Objects, Nature, and Words, among others.
With such a vast collection of Bourgeois prints to be documented, publishing a traditional catalogue raisonné in book format was impractical, requiring seven or eight volumes with limited availability, while the website catalogue is geared to the general art public. Moreover, interactive digital media allows for features that provide a vivid look at the artist’s creative process. These include searches by theme, publisher and printer, and technique, as well as an “Evolving Composition Diagram,” in which viewers immediately grasp a composition’s development. This diagram is enhanced by a pioneering “Compare Works” mode, where two sheets can be placed side-by-side to compare and contrast, with a “Zoom” feature for studying intricate details.