description of Persistent Antagonism by Louise Bourgeois

This tall, thin wooden sculpture stands erect on a small platform, like a well-balanced spear. The main body of the five-and-a-half foot tall sculpture has been painted black, and features narrow horizontal cuts on the shaft. The top third of the sculpture is white, and resembles an elongated spear head, or a white flame on a birthday candle. A black band separates the two parts, and features a wire ring from which black fringes dangle, like long, smooth keys on a keyring. At the base of the sculpture, the shaft narrows to a point no larger than a coin, standing rigidly, but precariously, on a thin rectangular platform.

Louise Bourgeois, Persistent Antagonism, 1947-1949
Louise Bourgeois, Persistent Antagonism, 1947-1949; painted wood with metal ring, 68 1/2 in. x 9 1/4 in. x 12 in. (173.99 cm x 23.5 cm x 30.48 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Agnes E. Meyer and Elise S. Haas Fund and Accessions Committee Fund purchase; © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Louise Bourgeois, Persistent Antagonism, 1947-1949

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Persistent Antagonism
Artist name
Louise Bourgeois
Date created
1947-1949
Classification
sculpture
Medium
painted wood with metal ring
Dimensions
68 1/2 in. x 9 1/4 in. x 12 in. (173.99 cm x 23.5 cm x 30.48 cm)
Date acquired
1998
Credit
Collection SFMOMA
Agnes E. Meyer and Elise S. Haas Fund and Accessions Committee Fund purchase
Copyright
© The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Permanent URL
https://www.sfmoma.org/artwork/98.519
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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