In Memoriam: Louise Bourgeois, 1911–2010

Louise Bourgeois. Art in the Twenty-First Century, production still, 2001. Season 1, Episode: Identity. © Art21, Inc. 2001.

“A work of art doesn’t have to be explained….If you do not have any feeling about this, I cannot explain it to you. If this doesn’t touch you, I have failed.”

—Louise Bourgeois, Art in the Twenty-First Century (2001)

We at Art21 were saddened to hear the news yesterday regarding the passing of artist Louise Bourgeois. Bourgeois was featured in our first season nearly ten years ago. We continue to be inspired and humbled by her extraordinary work and vision.

READ: New York Times obituary, June 1, 2010

WATCH: Louise Bourgeois in Art in the Twenty-First Century (below)

Watch the full episode, Identity (2001), on PBS Video.