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Louise Bourgeois: La Famille

Essay by Thomas Kellein. Text by Louise Bourgeois.

The fear of being born into the world an unwanted girl; the fear of becoming a pawn in the lives of her parents; the fear of failing as a wife, mother and artist: Over the course of her 70 years as an artist, Louise Bourgeois, born in 1911 in Paris, has always placed the psychology of family at the center of her work. Bourgeois left her homeland in 1938, without a degree, to live in New York with her husband, Robert Goldwater, a curator at The Museum of Modern Art. In 1940, the couple adopted their first son, and in 1941 Bourgeois gave birth to two more boys. Her artistic oeuvre deals almost exclusively with the fear of not being able to live up to the roles she was born into and took on. Most of her early works consisted of paintings on the theme of family, many of which have rarely, if ever, been reproduced. When she first began sculpting, she portrayed children and family members as stakes fatefully stuck in the ground, "Personnages," with windows and openings, who occasionally carried small packages, but who seemed mute and paralyzed. Her later work grew more sexualized, and after the death of her husband, she pursued the paternal element intensely. This thematic gathering of 20 paintings, more than 60 drawings, 35 sculptures and 5 embroideries made between 1935 and 2005 is also, by virtue of the centrality of family to her oeuvre, an overarching retrospective, a focused view of her career.
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I had three boys plus my husband, so I had four men that I had to take care of. And I do not say that I didn’t love them. I did love them. Coming from a French background, where the wife is really a mother, the idea of loving men means helping them. But you have to know how. You have to have bright ideas.

My mother was quite clever, much more than I. My father betrayed her. As a traditional French wife, she has to humor him. French men have their little betrayals. The mother is supposed to forgive. She is supposed to say she’s sorry that he betrayed her. You have to see it to believe it. There is no such thing as divorce in France, not in these days.

There I was, a wife and mother, and I was afraid of my family. I was afraid not to measure up. My mother had understood her role and was not afraid of the demands. I did not understand my role and I’m afraid I did not fill it.

Louise Bourgeois, quoted in La Famille.

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LOUISE BOURGEOIS

By Germano Celant.

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ISBN: 9788857206547 | US $90.00

Pub Date: 4/26/2011
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Louise Bourgeois: To Unravel a Torment

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: TO UNRAVEL A TORMENT

Edited by Emily Wei Rales, Ali Nemerov. Introduction by Emily Wei Rales. Text by Briony Fer, Philip Larratt-Smith.

GLENSTONE MUSEUM

ISBN: 9780999802915 | US $50.00

Pub Date: 10/23/2018
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Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: AN UNFOLDING PORTRAIT

By Deborah Wye.

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

ISBN: 9781633450417 | US $55.00

Pub Date: 9/29/2017
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Louise Bourgeois and Peter Zumthor: Steilneset Memorial

LOUISE BOURGEOIS AND PETER ZUMTHOR: STEILNESET MEMORIAL

Foreword by Jan Andresen. Text by Svein Rønning, Mari Lending, Anne Karin Jortveit, Jeanette Sky.

FORLAGET PRESS

ISBN: 9788232800957 | US $45.00

Pub Date: 12/27/2016
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Louise Bourgeois & Gary Indiana: To Whom It May Concern

LOUISE BOURGEOIS & GARY INDIANA: TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

VIOLETTE EDITIONS

ISBN: 9781900828369 | US $75.00

Pub Date: 10/31/2011
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Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE RETURN OF THE REPRESSED

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ISBN: 9781900828376 | US $45.00

Pub Date: 5/31/2012
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