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Hardcover, 9 x 10.5 in. / 248 pgs / 340 color.

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Accompanies a MoMA exhibition of American artist Louise Bourgeois' prints and artist's books
  • Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) was based in NYC from 1938 to her death. She is best-known for her organic, totemic sculptures--like giant spiders.
  • But Bourgeois made more than 1000 prints over the course of her career and even had a press in her basement. She was most active in printmaking in the 1940s and then in the 1990s and 2000s.
  • This book includes 330 of her prints and handmade books, organized by theme
  • A major appeal of this book is that her prints are her most accessible work -- and also her most colorful.
  • Her foundation (Easton Foundation) is in the process of turning her townhouse in West 20s into a museum.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

New York
The Museum of Modern Art, 09/24/17–01/28/18

The prints and illustrated books of Louise Bourgeois shown in the context of related sculptures, drawings, and paintings

  

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait

By Deborah Wye.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait.'

This first thorough survey of Bourgeois’ prints and books orients these works within her broader practice

Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait explores the prints and books of the celebrated sculptor. This little-known body of work is vast in scope—numbering some 1,200 individual compositions—and highly significant within her larger practice. These works encompass the same themes and motifs that occupied Bourgeois throughout her career, and they are explored here within the context of related sculptures, drawings and early paintings. This investigation sheds light on Bourgeois’ creative process overall, most vividly through the evolving print states and variants that led to her final compositions; seeing these sequences unfold is akin to looking over the artist’s shoulder as she worked.

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this catalog presents more than 270 prints and books, organized thematically, and includes an essay that traces Bourgeois’ involvement with these mediums within the broader developments of her life and career. It also emphasizes the collaborative relationships that were so fundamental to these endeavors. Included are interviews with Bourgeois’ longtime assistant, a printer she worked with side-by-side at her home/studio on 20th Street in New York and the publisher who, in the last decade of her life, encouraged her to experiment with innovative prints that broke the traditional boundaries of the medium. The volume is rounded out with a chronology and bibliography that focus on prints and illustrated books while also providing general background on Bourgeois’ life and art.

Born in Paris in 1911, Louise Bourgeois was raised by parents who ran a tapestry restoration business. She met Robert Goldwater, an American art historian, in Paris and they married and moved to New York in 1938. Early on, Bourgeois focused on painting and printmaking, turning to sculpture only in the later 1940s. In 1982, at 70 years old, Bourgeois finally took center stage with a retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art. She died in New York in 2010, at the age of 98.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait.'

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/24/2017

The astonishing books and prints of Louise Bourgeois

The astonishing books and prints of Louise Bourgeois

We can never get enough of this spread from Ode à l’Oubli (2002), Louise Bourgeois’s first book of fabric collages. Pages are made of linen hand towels from the artist’s trousseau, some of which are embroidered with the new bride’s monogram: LBG (Louise Bourgeois Goldwater). The collages are made from remnants of Bourgeois's old garments. Read more in Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, published to accompany the retrospective of books and prints at MoMA through January 28, 2018. continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 9/22/2017

How we love the books and prints of Louise Bourgeois in MoMA's 'An Unfolding Portrait'

How we love the books and prints of Louise Bourgeois in MoMA's 'An Unfolding Portrait'

Featured image is the last of eight plates from Louise Bourgeois’ 1990 illustrated book, the puritan. It is reproduced from Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, published to accompany the major MoMA survey of the artist’s prints and books on view starting September 24. The text on the verso side reads, “Later on he died right in his factory of refinement. Everyone worth talking about cried and cried. Of course no one could see his soul, not even his wife. But they said that his body was dry and they think he was a puritan.” continue to blog


LOUISE BOURGEOIS MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: AN UNFOLDING PORTRAIT

By Deborah Wye.

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

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: Autobiographical Prints

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PRINTS

Text by Juliet Mitchell.

HAYWARD PUBLISHING

ISBN: 9781853323430 | US $18.00

Pub Date: 5/24/2016
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Louise Bourgeois: The Spider and the Tapestries

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE SPIDER AND THE TAPESTRIES

Text by Louise Bourgeois.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775739979 | US $40.00

Pub Date: 7/10/2015
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Louise Bourgeois: I Have Been to Hell and Back

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: I HAVE BEEN TO HELL AND BACK

Preface by Daniel Birnbaum, Ann-Sofi Noring. Text by Iris Müller-Westermann, Lea Vuong. Interview by Christiane Meyer-Toss.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775739702 | US $60.00

Pub Date: 6/23/2015
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Louise Bourgeois: Alone and Together

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: ALONE AND TOGETHER

Edited by Janna Lund, Wendy Williams, Maggie Wright. Foreword by Luise Faurschou, Jens Faurschou. Text by Zhu Qi, Maya Kóvskaya.

FAURSCHOU FOUNDATION

ISBN: 9788791706011 | US $40.00

Pub Date: 2/28/2014
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Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE SPIDER, THE MISTRESS AND THE TANGERINE

ZEITGEIST FILMS

ISBN: 9781935202417 | US $29.99

Pub Date: 7/31/2012
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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: Art to Read Series

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: ART TO READ SERIES

Text by By Ulf Küster.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775732277 | US $25.00

Pub Date: 3/31/2012
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Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE RETURN OF THE REPRESSED

VIOLETTE EDITIONS

ISBN: 9781900828376 | US $45.00

Pub Date: 5/31/2012
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Louise Bourgeois

LOUISE BOURGEOIS

LA FáBRICA

ISBN: 9788415303541 | US $55.00

Pub Date: 3/31/2012
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Louise Bourgeois: The Blind Leading the Blind

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND

Edited and text by Mâkhi Xenakis.

ACTES SUD

ISBN: 9782742779192 | US $49.95

Pub Date: 10/1/2008
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Louise Bourgeois

LOUISE BOURGEOIS

Edited by Lionel Bovier, Hans Ulrich Obrist.

JRP|RINGIER

ISBN: 9783905770001 | US $79.00

Pub Date: 3/1/2008
Out of print | Not Available


Louise Bourgeois: La Famille

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: LA FAMILLE

Essay by Thomas Kellein. Text by Louise Bourgeois.

D.A.P./DISTRIBUTED ART PUBLISHERS, INC.

ISBN: 9781933045429 | US $45.00

Pub Date: 8/15/2006
Out of print | Not Available


Louise Bourgeois: Aller-Retour

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: ALLER-RETOUR

Essays by Gerald Matt, Phillip Larrat-Smith and Peter Weiermeier.

VERLAG FUR MODERNE KUNST NURNBERG

ISBN: 9783938821190 | US $50.00

Pub Date: 8/15/2006
Out of stock indefinitely | Not Available


Louise Bourgeois: Emotions Abstracted

LOUISE BOURGEOIS: EMOTIONS ABSTRACTED

Edited by Eva Keller. Essays by Robert Storr and Jean de la Fontaine.

HATJE CANTZ PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783775714617 | US $50.00

Pub Date: 8/2/2004
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