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Few of us realize how much we owe the whalers, the prominant part they played in our history, the prosperity and wealth they brought to the infant Republic, or the influence their rough and ready lives had upon the civilization, exploration, and commerce of the globe.
-A. Hyatt Verrill, The Real Story of the Whaler, 1916
One of the six figures positioned between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the sea, from 6 Times, Antony Gormely’s recent permanent project. This figure is installed at Leith docks and will serve as a gauge for the height of the swelling and receding river water.
“My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama.”
A maker for over six decades, Louise Bourgeois passed away May 31, 2010. My first experiences with Bourgeois’ work were mediated through interviews and essays, required readings for a sophomore art course. In 2007 the Tate Modern held a survey of her work, and I experienced a few rooms full of her drawings, prints, paintings, sculpture in varied materials; plaster, latex, bronze, marble. Her work was both dark and eerie, sometimes seemingly violent, and also full of beautiful, simple, quiet, minimal forms. Considered a pioneering feminist artist, Louise Beorgeois’ work has seemed to me, to be a bit less partial to any particular opinions, embracing an aesthetic that disregards agenda and utilizes autobiography, the mystery of making, and the object as a relic of memory. We’re grateful for her work, may she rest in peace.