Louise Bourgeois

Give or Take

About this artwork

The artist made this sculpture by casting the hands and arms of Jerry Gorovoy, the artist’s assistant and closest friend. The open hand and closed fist offer a visual representation of the respective acts of giving and taking. The idea of opposing positions was a significant aspect of Bourgeois’s outlook. Here, the two arms are fused together, producing a single sculpture in which these oppositional ways of being coexist. For Bourgeois, human nature was complex and often combined contradictory forces.

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  • title:
    Give or Take
  • accession number:
    AL00343
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  • materials:
    Bronze, silver nitrate patina
  • date created:
    2002
  • measurements:
    8.60 x 59.60 x 12.50 cm
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2013
  • copyright:
    © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by DACS.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois