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Interview: Louise Bourgeois

She doesn' t believe in a feminine aesthetic. She' s glad she raised her two sons to be feminists. Louise Bourgeois' installations, fabric works, drawings and sculptures lead into the abyss of family entanglement. On the occasion of her current New York exhibitions at Cheim & Read and Peter Blum Gallery, Cheryl Kaplan asked the Grande Dame of 20th-century art for an interview.


Career Women and Material Girls

When women artists investigate images of women, they often take their own role-playing as their point of departure. In the process, feminist tenets and the much-cited solidarity among women become clichés every bit as dubious as male chauvinist fantasies. Harald Fricke on ghostly geishas, the effects of the 'Madonna Factor,' and women at the pole positions of the art establishment.


The Legend's Burden: Eva Hesse

With her sensitive paintings and latex sculptures, Eva Hesse made her mark on the New York art scene of the sixties. In the surroundings of Pop and Minimal Art, her works touched upon existential, erotic, and feminist themes. Oliver Koerner von Gustorf on the stubbornly original work of Eva Hesse, which to this day seems inseparably linked to her tragic biography.


Close Up: Katharina Sieverding

Katharina Sieverding' s self-portraits transport social transformations along with her own mutable personality  the glitter of glamour, fashion, consumerist cult, gender roles and media image. Sieverding has been one of the stars of German art for thirty years now. Her New York exhibition "Close Up" can be seen in Berlin beginning in the spring of 2005. An interview.


It's a Woman's World: Art and Feminism

Beginning in the nineties, women artists began advancing into male-dominated territory: suddenly, Louise Bourgeois and Cindy Sherman were steadily climbing the list, Jenny Holzer was rapidly catching up, and the newcomer Pippilotti Rist also made it into the upper reaches to take her place among the world’s most successful artists. Yet none of these women are as successful as Rosemarie Trockel, who has been occupying fourth place on the “Art Compass” list of the German financial magazine Capital for several years. Yet even in this ranking, which lists the artists most sought after worldwide according to a complicated point system, only eighteen women artists made it into the top 100. In our feature “It’s a Woman’s World,” we’ve thrown a few spotlights on the theme of art and feminism. +++ Louise Bourgeois is a pioneer of an art that investigates sexuality, the subconscious, psychoanalysis, and patriarchal structures from a feminine point of view. She’s left her mark on younger generations of women artists more than any other personality. Cheryl Kaplan has interviewed the Grand Dame of 20th-century art exclusively for db artmag. +++ For thirty years already, Sieverding has been one of the stars of German art. Her New York exhibition “Close Up” can be seen in Berlin beginning in the spring of 2005. In an email interview, she explains why she’s been working on breaking apart gender identities for years. +++ When women artists investigate images of women, they often take their own role-playing as their point of departure. In the process, feminist tenets and the much-cited solidarity among women become clichés every bit as dubious as male chauvinist fantasies. Harald Fricke on “Career Women and Material Girls.” +++ During the time of Minimal and Pop Art, Eva Hesse created an oeuvre in the sixties that resists every form of categorization. In 1970, on the threshold to an international breakthrough, she died at the early age of 34 of a brain tumor. In the US, Hesse has long been considered the emancipated forerunner of a younger generation of women artists, yet it’s only been over the past several years that she’s been celebrated in Europe as well with large exhibitions of her work. A portrait. +++ Ever since 1989, fifteen young women artists take part each year in a very special workshop in Berlin: they learn all they need besides creativity to practice their profession. Ulrich Clewing on the successful “Goldrausch” project.