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Discussion: Kate Fowle and Jerry Gorovoy

June 2010

Jerry Gorovoy was long-time assistant and friend of Luise Bourgeois, and played a key role in the development of some of the artist's most innovative and challenging works, in particular, the creation of her ambitious Cell series, which preoccupied the artist for the last twenty years of her life.

On September 2015, Garage Chief Curator Kate Fowle met with Jerry Gorovoy, now President of Bourgeois' foundation, The Easton Foundation, to discuss the years he spent with the artist, reflecting on the life and creative process of Louise Bourgeois and providing an insider's view into the development of the Cell series.

With a career spanning seven decades, Louise Bourgeois is celebrated as one of the most significant and influential artists of the 20th century. It wasn't until Bourgeois was already in her 70s, however, that her work began to be recognised and appreciated by a wider public, when in 1982 she had her first retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Two years earlier, in 1980, Bourgeois met the young curator Jerry Gorovoy when he included one of her works in a group exhibition. They went on to work together for the next 30 years, until her death in 2010 at the age of 98.

Kate Fowle is Chief Curator of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and Director-at-Large at Independent Curators International (ICI) in New York, where she was Executive Director from 2009 to 2013.

Courtesy of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Discussion, Fowle, Gorovoy