Louise Bourgeois, ‘Insomnia (2)’, 1996, Joanna Bryant & Julian Page
Louise Bourgeois, ‘Insomnia (2)’, 1996, Joanna Bryant & Julian Page

From an edition of 25; plus 5 A.P., 5 H.C., 4 P.P., 1 B.A.T.
"Insomnia (2)" is one of four lithographs published in conjunction with Bourgeois's presentation at the XXIII International São Paulo Biennial, held from October 5 to December 15, 1996. Bourgeois's project was organized by Jens Olesen, then the International Vice President of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo.

The three other lithographs published for the occasion are "Le Cauchemar de Hayter," "Insomnia (1)," and "Mirror for Red Room" seen in Related Works in the Catalogue below. All four compositions are based on source drawings.

Maurice Sanchez, of Derriere L'Etoile Studios, New York, printed this composition in multiple colors on an offset lithography press to capture the artist's particular touch and produce the edition to the artist's satisfaction.
The source drawing for this work was done on Bourgeois's favorite blue stationary, with red letters for her name. The color was referenced in the edition.
Information Courtesy MOMA- www.moma.org/bourgeoisprints

Publisher: Fundaçao Bienal de São Paulo

About Louise Bourgeois

Beginning her artistic practice in her native Paris, Louise Bourgeois was originally associated with Surrealism due to her integration of fantastic elements into her prints and sculptures. Upon moving to New York in 1938, Bourgeois focused primarily on sculpture, crafting biomorphic forms that curator Lucy Lippard has described as enacting the physicality of the body as experienced from within. Bourgeois’s suggestive organ-like contours and early use of unconventional materials (like resin, latex, and cloth) allude to a tension between quintessentially male and female forms. This recurrent interrogation of the male/female dialectic aligns Bourgeois with the Feminist movement, but her work has also been examined through the lens of Abstract Expressionism, as she exhibited with artists such as Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.

French-American, 1911-2010, Paris, France, based in New York & Paris