Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine
by Marion Cajori, Amei Wallach, USA 2008, 99'
PHOTOGRAPHY: Mead Hunt, Ken Kobland   PRODUCERS: Marion Cajori, Amei Wallach
MUSIC: Steve Peters  
EDITING: Ken Kobland   EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: George Griffin, The Art Kaleidoscope Foundation

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film
Presented at The Screen of the Arts 2008
The film is a journey inside the life and imagination of an icon of modern art. Based on the encounters with her assistant, her family, and the artist herself in both her Brooklin studio and her Manhattan home, the movie shows us how there is no separation between her life as an artist and the memories and emotions that affect her everyday life. As a screen presence, Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw, and her art made of disturbing objects and suggestive materials is here reproduced through a brave joining of views, words, editing, and music. “I do, I undo, I redo”, the name of a 1992 installation, becomes a motto of the whole movie, letting us feel the tension and the energy of the artist’s ideas and emotions. Thanks to the complex and difficult 15 years of making, the film unveils the functioning of this fascinating artistic process in which Bourgeois’s memories become embodied in objects and installations.

Marion Cajori
Marion Cajori was an independent filmmaker who set up the non-profit Art Kaleidoscope Foundation in 1990 to produce in-depth cinematic portraits of artists, such as the celebrated Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter (1993). A few weeks before her death in 2006, she completed the film Chuck Close that opened at the 2007 Film Forum in New York.

Amei Wallach
Amei Wallach is an art critic and curator. For many years chief art critic for New York Newsday, her articles have appeared in such publications as Art in America and ArtNews. This is her first film.


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