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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.
To 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.
★ 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.