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Pink Days and Blue Days

1997

Louise Bourgeois, Pink Days and Blue Days, 1997. Steel, fabric, bone, wood, glass, rubber, and mixed media, 117 × 87 × 87 in. (297.2 × 221 × 221 cm) overall. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from The Lauder Foundation, Evelyn and Leonard Lauder Fund, the Painting and Sculpture Committee, the Tom Armstrong Purchase Fund, Danielle Lemmon and the Jack E. Chachkes Endowed Purchase Fund  97.101a-s
Art © Louise Bourgeois Trust / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Pink Days and Blue Days is a sculpture made from found objects that hang from a ten-foot-tall steel armature. Louise Bourgeois included items of her childhood clothing which she hung from animal bones. A silk coat is embroidered with the nicknames that Bourgeois was given as a child: “Louise, Lise, Lison, Lisette, Louison, Louisette.” Each piece of clothing that Bourgeois saved had memories for the artist. The objects on the lowest part of the sculpture include a silk handkerchief and an empty perfume bottle.

“Clothing is…an exercise in memory. It makes me explore the past: how did I feel when I wore that. They are like signposts in the search for the past.”

—Louise Bourgeois

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