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

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Persistent Antagonism
Artist name
Louise Bourgeois
Date created
painted wood
Balsawood, India ink, paint, ferrous metal
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
Collection SFMOMA
Agnes E. Meyer and Elise S. Haas Fund and Accessions Committee Fund purchase
© The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at ARS, New York, NY
Permanent URL
Artwork Status
On view on floor 2 as part of Open Ended: Painting and Sculpture, 1900 to Now.

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