Live Long and Prosper

Why are there no Louise Bourgeois works in L.A. public collections? (Aside from a drawing at the Hammer.) Bourgeois has been around forever, and everybody loves her. Name one other living artist who's managed to remain fascinating over five decades and counting.
MOCA's Bourgeois show, through Jan. 25, is exemplary (as is Martin Kippenberger, through Jan. 5). The museum notes that this installment of the touring exhibition incorporates works from local collections not shown elsewhere. There's a not-too-interesting sculpture owned by Audrey Irmas; a drawing from the collection of Leonard Nimoy, even. Nothing identified as being from an L.A. private collection struck me as something to get excited about.
A 2007 LA Times piece on LACMA's Collectors Committee quoted contemporary art curator Lynn Zelevansky: "A few years ago, I proposed a work by Louise Bourgeois. That didn't go anywhere."


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