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Sleepless with Louise

LB insomnia drawings (4)There is a big challenge ahead…and maybe some nights of insomnia ? Well, anyway, I decided during my break to make this blog bilingual. It’s been a while since I haven’t written in English, although I have never ceased to read in English. But let’s decide one thing here…Let’s say : what comes in French comes in French…what comes in English comes in English… My translation in the second language will share common points with the initial text, for sure, connexions or associations at least. It will be more of a text with its own freedom. In short, I will be unfaithful and playful… It should help me stick to my good resolution to maintain this Magic Digest bilingual, I’d hope so.

tumblr_mkdp6lEinH1s6vxhyo1_1280To start with, I stumbled upon  a beautiful book in the bookstore at Beaubourg . A clock, some music paper, a question « has the day invaded the night or the night invaded the day ? », red, black. The title : « Insomnia in the work of Louise Bourgeois ». Can a book put a spell on you ? Do you say that in English ? Well, it did. Without even looking inside, I was already bewitched with the book. It focuses on Louise Bourgeois’s experience with sleepless nights. It was been published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. For those obsessed with Louise Bourgeois, Edinburgh seemed  like a perfect lair this year…There was also a big exhibition « Louise Bourgeois : A Woman without secrets » at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Unfortunately, all these events are over.

BUT, you do have the book ! All those drawings, some figurative, some abstract, french and english verbal doodles, random thoughts, abyssal questions, funny anecdotes, landscapes, labyrinths, houses and geometric riddles …In red biro and pencil, the drawings give shape to the night hours, and to the intensity – or restlessness – of Louise ‘s flux of thoughts.








La nuit avec Louise Bourgeois

Au stylo bille, la plupart du temps, de couleur rouge, souvent, Louise Bourgeois, trace, élabore, imagine et donne forme à ce qui n’en a pas…l’espace- temps de l’insomnie. 
Découverte à Librairie Beaubourg, une remarquable publication consacrée aux « Insomnia Drawings ». Le livre complétait l’exposition qui s’est tenu à Édimbourg  à la Fruitmarket Gallery . La ville écossaise semblait cette année un refuge parfait pour s’immerger dans le travail de Louise Bourgeois puisque une autre grande exposition avait lieu à la Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Tout cela est fini, mais il reste ce remarquable livre qui succède à une autre édition de la Fondation Daros qui reproduit l’intégralité des Insomnia drawings.


LBcoversmall★ has the day invaded the night or the night invaded the day?
 Insomnia in the work of Louise Bourgeois
Published by The Fruitmarket Gallery to accompany the exhibition, this book focuses on the themes and ideas in the exhibition Louise Bourgeois I Give Everything Away. The book is illustrated with a selection of Bourgeois’s Insomnia Drawings and of her writings, and also includes new texts by Frances Morris and Philip Larratt-Smith.

★ A previous publication contains a full reproduction of all the Insomnia drawings
Louise Bourgeois : The Insomnia Drawings Marie-Laure Bernadac and Elizabeth Bronfen
Daros, Zurich, 2000

7 comments on “Sleepless with Louise

  1. Sergei
    August 14, 2014

    Thanks to you for ligthing up my nights!

  2. iristouch
    August 14, 2014

    Louise nous étonnera toujours. Son univers est inépuisable. Merci de m’avoir fait découvrir cette facette. Je vais guetter ce livre en librairie.

  3. L'Ébouriffée
    August 14, 2014

    Looking forward to spend sleepless nights with Louise… Thanks!

  4. Juliana
    September 17, 2014

    I go to see each day a few websites and information sites
    to read articles or reviews, but this website offers feature based posts.

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