Saturday, May 14, 2005

More on Maman


On Wednesday, I made my opinions known about Louise Bourgeois' Maman, at the National Gallery. Today it is time for the people of Ottawa to chime in.

Maman, 1999. Bronze and steel, 30 feet 5 inches x 29 feet 3 inches x 33 feet 7 inches, Edition of 6, 1 A.P. Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. © Louise Bourgeois/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

The best quote is this:
"There are really only two problems with the sculpture," said Reza Moosavi, who was trying to take pictures of Maman. "It's so tall, we had to stand quite a ways back to get the whole thing in the picture. And it's difficult to get a chance to take a picture since there are so many other people around taking their own photographs."

And while people may gripe and complain about the $3.2 million price, it looks like the National Gallery might have gotten a bargain, a version of Spider IV, was sold at Sotheby's last November. It was only 80 inches by 71 inches by 21 inches or 15% the size of Maman, and not half as important or significant as Maman, but still managed to sell for $1,128,000 (US).

And if you would like to see the Ottawa version

Originally uploaded by Jason Prini.
Then finally, if you would like to see the Kansas City, Tokyo, London or any other other versions, try this flickr group.

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