Cell (The Last Climb), 2008
Steel, wood, blown glass, rubber, and spools of
thread, 384.8 x 400.1 x 299.7 cm installed
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
© Louise Bourgeois Trust
Photo © NGC
On May 31, 2010, the world said goodbye to French artist, Louise Bourgeois, who passed away at the age of 98. Her extraordinary career influenced many of the 20th-century’s major movements in art and culture, from Surrealism to Abstract Expressionism, and Minimalism to Feminism. The exhibition Louise Bourgeois: 1911–2010 brings together works from the beginnings of Bourgeois’ creative endeavors in
Also included in the exhibition is Cell (The Last Climb) (2008), a significant recent installation by the artist constructed around the spiral staircase from her former Brooklyn studio, enclosed within a frame structure, dotted throughout with celestial blue glass spheres that appear to rise toward the sky. The spools lining the interior space of the sculpture spin threaded metaphors about the artist’s many bonds with family, friends, colleagues and confidantes. The work is a compelling ode to a life lived by one of the 20th century’s most remarkable creative minds.