BOURGEOIS, LOUISE

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VIOLETTE EDITIONS

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Slip, Hardcover, 2 vols., 7.5 x 10 in. / 500 pgs / 113 color.

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PUB DATE 5/31/2012
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CATALOG: SPRING 2012 p. 14   

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Museu de Arte Moderna, 09/15/11-11/13/11

London, England
Freud Museum, Spring 2012

"evasion makes me ever more nervous I don’t believe in it. I want to go back to darkness and warmth – to bed –"
Louise Bourgeoise

"For somebody who felt that her art needed no words, no explanation or defense, Bourgeois wrote extensively throughout her life, principally in the form of letters, diaries, notebooks, process notes, loose sheets and, late in life, annotations on the backs of drawings. She would write on whatever was at hand—lined paper, gridded paper, blank paper, colored paper, envelopes, invitations, even the walls of her house. A corollary to her deep-seated fear of abandonment—which she understood as rooted in her father's frequent absences owing to war, work and mistresses, and in her mother's protracted illness and early death in 1932—was her inability to throw anything away. Hence the archives contain an enormous quantity of letters to her mother, father, husband, other family members, and friends. If Bourgeois needs her memories because 'they are my documents,' the converse is also true: the artifacts she kept, be they clothes or letters or photographs or scraps of tapestry, possessed the talismanic power to conjure up the past and thereby ward off forgetfulness, loss, oblivion and death."

Philip Larratt-Smith, excerpted from his Introduction to The Return of the Repressed.

  

VIOLETTE EDITIONS

Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed

Psychoanalytic Writings

Published by Violette Editions
Edited by Philip Larratt-Smith. Text by Louise Bourgeois, Elisabeth Bronfen, Donald Kuspit, Juliet Mitchell, Mignon Nixon, Paul Verhaeghe with Julie de Ganck, Meg Harris Williams.

Featured image, a loose sheet of writing, c. 1959, is reproduced from <I>Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed</I>.Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) invented a new kind of language for sculpture--a language that was essentially psychoanalytic, uniquely capable of expressing oedipal struggle, ominous forces of repression, sexual symbolism and material uncanniness. Famed for some of the twentieth century’s most enduring works, such as “The Destruction of the Father” (1974), “Arch of Hysteria” (1993) and “Maman” (1999), Bourgeois also disseminated her influence through her writings, collected in the 1998 volume Destruction of the Father/Reconstruction of the Father: Writings 1927–1997--originally published by Robert Violette, also the publisher of this new deluxe writings-cum-monograph two-volume set. Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed highlights the enduring presence of psychoanalysis as a motivational force and a site of exploration in the artist’s life and work. Selected and edited by Philip Larratt-Smith (Bourgeois’ literary archivist), and contextualized with eight extensive scholarly essays, this collection of approximately 80 previously unpublished writings spans some six decades of the artist’s production. The second volume in this gorgeous slipcased set is an impressive, up-to-date Bourgeois monograph that details works made right up until the artist’s death in 2010. Together, the two volumes comprise the most complete portrait of the life, work and thought of this seminal figure.

Featured image, a loose sheet of writing, c. 1959, is reproduced from Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Another Magazine

Sean O'Hagan

Bourgeois was an intensely autobiographical artist who poured her demons into her work. Her art was, she believed in a very literal way, her salvation.
In the new book, ominously but accurately entitled The Return of the Repressed, curator and writer, Philip Larratt-Smith makes much of Bourgeois' fear of abandonment and her complex love-hate relationship with her father.

Brooklyn Rail

Courtney Fiske

In the early months of 2010, a trove of loose-leaf paper was discovered in Louise Bourgeois’s Chelsea apartment. Marked with pen, pencil, and typewriter ink, the pages featured a fluent blend of French and English prose, punctuated by an occasional drawing. The writings hailed largely from the years spanning 1952—when Bourgeois was refining her brand of metaphoric abstraction in her Personages, a series of precariously assembled totemic structures—to 1964, when Bourgeois debuted her now-canonical sculptural aesthetic of turgid, visceral forms rendered in emotive arrays of latex, wax, and resin. This new, organic idiom followed an 11-year hiatus from the art world, during which Bourgeois underwent strenuous analysis at the hands of an émigré Freudian, Henry Lowenfeld—a foreigner, like herself, expatriated from a Europe ravaged by war.
Combined with a similar find of six years prior, this cache amounted to over 1,000 pages of rich psychic self-documentation. Here, Bourgeois had recorded her dreams, anxieties, and desires; parsed her sessions with Lowenfeld (“L.,” in her affectionate abbreviation); and jotted ideas for new sculptures. Reproduced in part and translated for the first time in a sleek volume edited by Philip Larratt-Smith, Bourgeois’s literary archivist, these writings reveal Bourgeois as an artist whose profound engagement with psychoanalysis was anchored in a sustained, often tortuous praxis.

ARTnews

Kim Levin

"Sculpture as Symptom": that's the title of this book's introduction, written by Philip Larratt-Smith, Louise Bourgeois's literary archivist. It's also the abiding theme of the eight texts in volume one of this handsome psychoanalytic study of Bourgeois and her art, divided by beautifully chosen works and followed by color reproductions. Volume two, illustrated with photographs of Bourgeois (from toddler to nonagenarian), presents a selection of the artist's hitherto unpublished notes and dream logs written on loose sheets of paper. Discovered in boxes in 2004 and 2010 by her assistant Jerry Gorovoy during the renovation of her Manhattan brownstone, these writings were intended as tools for her "interminable analysis," as Mignon Nixon terms it here. After her father died in 1951, she began therapy with Leonard Cammer, but soon switched to Henry Lowenfeld. Her intensive analysis started in January 1952 and continued, four times a week for the first several years, until Lowenfeld died in 1985. If you're fascinated by the notion that Willem de Kooning's late work provides a study of Alzheimer's disease, or intrigued by Yayoi Kusama's choice to live in a mental hospital, this book is for you.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 4/11/2012

Louise Bourgeois: Return of the Repressed

Louise Bourgeois: Return of the Repressed
We are pleased to present an excerpt from Violette Editions' extraordinary forthcoming collection of Louise Bourgeois' psychoanalytic writings, The Return of the Repressed. Below is a reproduction from the book (LB-0128, loose sheet, April 24, 1952, 8 1/2 x 11 inches) followed by a later writing transcribed from an undated 13.5 x 10-inch drawing.
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