For much of her life, Louise Bourgeois was marginalized professionally. In fact, she did not meet any sort of regular commercial success until the 1970s, when she was her sixties. In 1982 she became the first female sculptor to get a solo retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Other museum shows followed: the Tate in London, the Guggenheim Museum, in both New York and Barcelona, among other places. In an era of instant art celebrities, she represented the opposite: a tenacious voice (best captured in the 2008 documentary, Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine) who was never less than fully dedicated to the act of making art, regardless of what the world (or the art market) thought of her.
A fitting lesson for our era. Read full article by Carolina A. Miranda.