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Louise Bourgeois: Blue Days and Pink Days
Louise Bourgeois
8887029040
February 1998
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
French-born Bourgeois emigrated to the U.S. in 1938, yet the nearly 60 years of adventurous work in sculpture, drawing, engraving and installation reproduced here reflects an admitted attempt to repair the childhood she escaped. In 150 illustrations (50 in color), we find a haunting, enigmatic exploration of sexuality and the home: ladders that lead only to the ceiling; a giant steel spider whose egg sac is a jar of blue fluid; arrays of abstract white marble forms that simultaneously suggest male and female genitalia, often placed in enclosed, almost soothing, roomlike settings. Bernadac, curator of graphic arts at the Paris Musee National d'art Moderne, treats Bourgeois's uncanny mix of domestic comforts and erotic terrors as pointing to the ultimate imbrication of our desires into the structures we create,...


Eric Boman's Dames
Eric Boman
0865651647
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
A dame is a woman of attitude and conviction, style and flair, with a steely personality, but above all, total self-awareness. For Dames, Eric Boman has photographed more than 100 such women, women who make a dazzling and enduring impression in their respective fields of fashion, society, art, politics, and entertainment.Boman offers indelible portraits of such legendary figures in the fashion world as Paloma Picasso, Tina Brown, and Anna Wintour. He documented the social whirl of Ivana Trump, Bianca Jagger, and the magnetic C. Z. Guest. His actors include a radiant young Penelope Cruz and a carefree Catherine Deneuve. And Boman's portfolio of artistic dames includes Françoise Gilot, Jennifer Bartlett, and the timeless Louise Bourgeois.Celebrity insider and Vanity Fair special correspondent Bob Colacello writes...


Dia: Beacon
Lynne Cooke (Editor)
0944521479
May 2003
Hardcover
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Louis Bourgeois (Contemporary Artists Series)
Paulo Herkenhoff
0714841226
May 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
French-born Bourgeois emigrated to the U.S. in 1938, yet the nearly 60 years of adventurous work in sculpture, drawing, engraving and installation reproduced here reflects an admitted attempt to repair the childhood she escaped. In 150 illustrations (50 in color), we find a haunting, enigmatic exploration of sexuality and the home: ladders that lead only to the ceiling; a giant steel spider whose egg sac is a jar of blue fluid; arrays of abstract white marble forms that simultaneously suggest male and female genitalia, often placed in enclosed, almost soothing, roomlike settings. Bernadac, curator of graphic arts at the Paris Musee National d'art Moderne, treats Bourgeois's uncanny mix of domestic comforts and erotic terrors as pointing to the ultimate imbrication of our desires into the structures we create,...


Fantastic Reality: Louise Bourgeois and a Story of Modern Art (October Books Series)
Mignon Nixon
0262140896
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Nixon, a senior lecturer at London's Courtauld Institute, has edited books on the work of Marcel Duchamp and Eva Hesse-two artists who can't quite bookend the irrepressible, major, still-working Bourgeois (b. 1911), but whose work, respectively, prefigures and comes out of Bourgeois's practice. Yet Nixon argues that the other major axis of Bourgeois's work (aside from modernism) is psychoanalysis, and she sets out to place the work squarely within the constructs of Melanie Klein and Anna Freud, whom Nixon argues brought the role of the mother much further into play than Sigmund Freud. Along the way, she sketches a broader trajectory for women artists like Hesse, Nancy Spero and Yayoi Kusama. Like many of MIT's October series of books, this book is thick with brilliant observations, but it requires a deep...


Louise Bourgeois
Josef Helfenstein
0295982489
June 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Complex and highly idiosyncratic, the work of Louise Bourgeois enthralls audiences throughout the world. Beginning in the 1940s, shortly after arriving in New York City, Bourgeois produced her first mature, highly original paintings, drawings, and sculptures. While most of her contemporaries were drawn toward pure abstraction, the work of Louise Bourgeois entered the realm of the psychological and symbolic. Themes already evident in these early works continued to resonate throughout her career. The Personages represent her first explorations in sculpture; summoning a physical presence, they suggest moments of alienation as well as evocative encounters. This comprehensive catalogue features the artistís work from the 1940s and 1950s, including 25 sculptures, 17 paintings, 30 drawings, and the series of prints...


Louise Bourgeois' Spider: The Architecture of Art-Writing
Mieke Bal
0226035751
June 2001
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
Despite its reasonable cost, beautiful appearance, and thesis that "art must be understood in relationship to the present time of viewing," Louise Bourgeois' Spider is disappointing. In an attempt to elucidate Bourgeois's (1911-) 1997 masterpiece, "The Spider," this highly technical book sets methodological interpretive barriers between the viewer and the sculpture. As a result, this volume may be of interest to specialized libraries but is not suitable for general collections serving readers wishing to acquaint themselves with the wonders of Bourgeois's art. Readers should instead see the article Bal (literature, Univ. of Amsterdam and Cornell Univ.) contributed to Louise Bourgeois: Memory and Architecture (LJ 3/1/01). Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Runaway Girl: The Artist Louise Bourgeois
Jan Greenberg
0810942372
March 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-To mix a biography of Bourgeois with an explanation of her sculpture, fit in her impact on the artistic community, and remain accessible to students may seem to be an impossible feat, but Greenberg and Jordan have done it. Through solid research and interviews with Bourgeois, the woman's stories and work come to life with poignant clarity. Her childhood years and her relationship with her parents are examined and their effect on her work is clear in the abundant black-and-white and full-color photographs. Bourgeois's place in the art world was sealed in 1969 when she became the first woman sculptor to have a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. An explanation of how to view sculpture using Bourgeois's Couple (2001) as an example, an area list of locations where her art is displayed, and...


Midwifery and Medicine in Early Modern France
Wendy Perkins
0859894711
Apr 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
'Wendy Perkins has written an excellent account of the work, writings and career of Louise Bourgeois, who had a flourishing midwifery practice at the French royal court at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Bourgeois was notable as a successful and articulate woman practitioner and author. . . Perkins, who is an expert on French literature, has integrated into her account recent work of social historians on medicine: on the medical market place, on patient-doctor relations, especially between women and medical practitioners, and on the social construction of the body. She does so with skill and modesty.' - Medical History, April 1998, Vol. 42 'Louise Bourgeois was an important figure, in her lifetime and beyond, and her writings offer an unusual insight into an aspect of health care that is often difficult for...


Louise Bourgeois at the Hermitage
Sofia Kudriatseva
0962260517
Jan 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Louise Bourgeois first travelled to Russia in 1932, at the age of 21, having just received her Baccalaureate in philosophy from the University of Paris. Her second journey occured in the spring of 1934, and included a visit to the Moscow Theater Festival, to see the work of the Russian Constructivists, and to observe May Day celebrations in Red Square. Nearly 70 years later, Bourgeois returned to Russia on the occasion of her retrospective at the State Hermitage Museum, the first major exhibition of a living American artist to be held at that institution. From the teetering personages of the late 1940s, which represent the members of the family she left behind in France, to the great steel protectress Maman, created in 2001 especially for the Hermitage courtyard, Bourgeois' indomitable will, psychological...


Destruction of the Father/Reconstruction of the Father: Writings & Interviews, 1923-1997
Louise Bourgeois
0262522462
April 1998
Paperback
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From Library Journal
This collection of writings and statements by sculptor Bourgeois includes letters, journal entries, poetry, and interviews with the artist spanning the entire period from her student days to just last year. The impression created is one of lifelong preoccupation with a set of personal concerns that, as curator Bernadac says in the introduction, reflect "the fundamental dichotomy between professional control and spontaneity, between the conscious and the unconscious, between the expression that is structured, assembled, and thought through, and the expression that is presented raw, as the product of an urgent impulse." Readers not already familiar with Bourgeois's work will appreciate the small photographs of sculptures, drawings, and prints included. Recommended for scholarly and specialized collections.?Kathryn...


Louise Bourgeois: Emotions Abstracted 1941-2003
Louise Bourgeois
3775714618
August 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Born in Paris in 1911 and a New Yorker since 1938, Louise Bourgeois created a unique oeuvre that owes no allegiance to 20th-century "isms" in the course of a career than has spanned more than 60 years. Her art is grounded in her own life and experience: "My goal is to re-experience a past emotion...to relive anxiety...anxiety is a passive state, and the object is to be active and take control." Yet Louise Bourgeois did not create an autonomous universe as an artistic hermit. While her art is nourished by personal experience, it also draws from art and art history--a wellspring of inspiration from which she developed her themes, concepts, and approach to media in both two- and three-dimensional works. Her rich and fascinating oeuvre is the subject of this publication, which presents more than 50 works from 60 years of...


Modern: Painting and Sculpture from the Museum of Modern Art
John Elderfield (Editor)
0870705768
November 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Museum of Modern Art houses the most important collection of 20th century art in the world, and the Painting & Sculpture department forms the core of its holdings. The masterworks from this department have fundamentally shaped the way we think about modern art. Over the years, these paintings and sculptures in the Museum's galleries have served as a walk-through textbook for countless art history classes and for other visitors. Now, on the occasion of its 75th anniversary and the opening of its newly expanded building, the Museum is publishing this 500 page catalogue devoted solely to the masterworks of its core department. The volume opens with an introduction by John Elderfield, Chief Curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture, which traces the history of the Museum, focusing on its acquisitions. In 8...


Wonderwater
Horn Roni
3865210058
Jan 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
In this collaboration with four preeminent artists and writers, Roni Horn presents her latest work: Wonderwater (Alice Offshore). The publication takes the form of four individual books contained in a slipcase, plus an envelope of Horn's drawings. Each volume comprises a text written in response to the same selection of Horn's titles/phrases: 19th C. Water; Cabinet Of; Dead Owl; Gurgles, Sucks, Echoes; Her, Her, Her and Her; Untitled (Yes); Water, Still; You are the Weather.The respondents are sculptor Louise Bourgeois, poet/writer Anne Carson, philosopher/writer Hélène Cixous, and film director/artist John Waters. Individually, these booklets embody the voice of each writer. Together they become the content of Wonderwater (Alice Offshore)--further extending the landscape of Roni Horn’s art. Essays by...

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