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Louise Bourgeois


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Interview - Critic Paulo Herkenhoff (with Thryza Goodeve) has for many years been in discussion with this extremely reclusive artist. Here she discusses her thoughts ranging from her conflicted relationship with her father, to men's fashions, to Marcel Duchamp, whom she knew personally. - Survey - Critic and curator Robert Storr has followed closely the work of the artist, and here chronicles the unique trajectory of her work and her life from a highly personal point of view. - Focus - Critic Alan Schwartzman concentrates on a single, emblematic installation titled Cell (You Better Grow Up) (1993). - Artist's Choice - The artist has selected extracts from the novel Bonjour Tristesse (1954) by Francoise Sagan (1935-) whose story about a young girl's response to her father's relationship with a woman somewhat parallels the artist's own childhood experiences. - Artist's Writings - Unique to this book is a group of artworks, selected by the artist, which all incorporate the written word and which together form a style of writing unique to Bourgeois. Early interviews, autobiographies, and personal musings on such artists and friends as Joan Miro complete this section. - Chronology and Bibliography

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Robert Storr (Survey) is Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Formerly Senior Curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2004 he is curator of the 5th Site Sante Fe Biennial in New Mexico. Storr was a contributing author to Louise Bourgeois (1995), Philip Guston (1986) and Robert Mangold (2000), among many other contemporary artist's monographs. Author's Residence: New York Paulo Herkenhoff (Interview) is a Curator at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and was formerly Chief Curator of the Biennial of Sao Paulo. As an art critic Herkenhoff has written extensively on the work of artists from South America, among them Lygia Clark, Cildo Meireles and Helio Oiticica Author's Residence: New York Allan Schwartzman (Focus), is an independent art critic who often contributes to the New York Times, among many other journals and newspapers. Schwartzman is a longtime follower of Bourgeois' work. Author's Residence: New York For her Artist's Choice Bourgeois has selected an extract from Bonjour Tristesse (1954) the novel by Francoise Sagan (1935-), concentrating on one of the artist's recurring themes: jealousy. Lousie Bourgeois is also well-known as a writer, and the lengthy Artists Writings section includes texts representing the breadth of her career, from 1947 to the present. Together they detail her fascinating life story which has served as the basis for so much of her work. Artist's Residence: New York


'Gives the reader the impression of a personal encounter with the artists. Apart from the writing which is lucid and illuminating, it is undoubtedly the wealth of lavish illustrations which makes looking at these books a satisfying entertainment.' 'beautiful' i-D, 2003, UK

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