Louise Bourgeois, ‘Ode à l’oubli (Ode to Forgetting)’, 2003 -2004, Phillips

Fabrication, dyeing and digital printing by Solo Impression workshop and Dyenamix, New York

Please note this book is bound with tie and buttonhole fastening which allows the pages to be unbound.

From the Catalogue:
This editioned fabric volume is modeled after a unique book she made in 2002 (MoMA collection) using textiles she had saved throughout her life, including scraps of nightgowns, scarves, and hand towels from her wedding trousseau, monogrammed with her initials. Bourgeois spent her childhood around fabric—her family had a tapestry restoration business—and she used the material for years in sculptures and as the support for prints and drawings.
Courtesy of Phillips

Signature: With the artist's name and numbered 17/25 on cloth labels affixed to the inside of the back cover (there were also 7 artist's proofs)

Publisher: Peter Blum Edition, New York

Museum of Modern Art Cat. No. 61b-95b
Deborah Wye, Louise Bourgeois (American, born France 1911), in Cornelia Butler and Alexandra Schwartz, eds., Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2010, pp. 274-277
Germano Celant, Louise Bourgeois, The Fabric Works, 2010, no. 145

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