Runaway Girl: The Artist Louise Bourgeois

by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

Louise Bourgeois is a living artist whose complex sculptures and installations represent... read more

Louise Bourgeois is a living artist whose complex sculptures and installations represent aspects of her life in ways that are often surprisingly direct or shockingly eye-opening. Bourgeois, who is over 90 and still creating, is inspired by people, events, and emotions in her past—transformed through the mind and hands of this brilliant artist into art that is edgy but not confessional. Authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan excel at making both art and artists’ lives accessible, understandable, and exciting for older children and teens. And from its compelling title on, this volume lives up to their fine previous works. In their usual direct, uncomplicated manner, Greenberg and Jordan reveal their subject’s life and work in a way that underscores the connection of one to the other. They interviewed Bourgeois as part of their research, enabling them to enrich their own and readers’ understanding of her with personal observation. Bourgeois is an inspiration and mentor to many young artists. Through this book, she may inspire many others, artists or not, to live their lives with honesty and the courage to be themselves.

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2004

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