Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed (2012)
Slipcased hardback, PLC, two volumes, 500 pages, 123 illustrations, 27 x 19.2 cm
Edited by Philip Larratt-Smith
Designed by Philip Larratt-Smith and Lydia Skinner
Essays from art historians and practicing psychoanalysts Donald Kuspit, Meg Harris Williams, Juliet Mitchell, Philip Larratt-Smith, Mignon Nixon, Elisabeth Bronfen, Paul Verhaeghe and Julie de Ganck.
An astonishing selection of approximately 80 unpublished writings by Louise Bourgeois appears here in print for the first time, which, combined with eight extensive scholarly essays turns our critical understanding of Bourgeois' work on its head. A new and unprecedented insight into the work of one of the 20th century's greatest artists.
Famed for works including The Destruction of the Father (1974), Arch of Hysteria (1993) and her huge and emblematic piece Maman (1999) – an enormous spider as an icon of maternal protection and withdrawal – Bourgeois investigated the realm of psychoanalytical territory through her sculptures, paintings and writings.
Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed shows the enduring presence of psychoanalysis as a motivational force and a site of exploration in her life and work. Selected and edited by Philip Larratt-Smith, her literary archivist, these texts provide a comprehensive overview and re-reading covering 60 years of artistic production. The second volume in this gorgeous set also serves as an impressive and up-to-date monograph, detailing works up until the artist's death in 2010.
This book follows the highly successful publication in 1998 by Violette Editions of writings by Louise Bourgeois, Destruction of the Father/Reconstruction of the Father: Writings 1927–1997, subsequently translated into five languages. Violette holds world rights in all languages excluding Spanish and Portuguese for this new book.
Internationally renowned artist Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) made written notes throughout the psychoanalysis that dominated her life and artistic production. Often concerned with sexual and confessional themes, her work appears in collections worldwide.
Philip Larratt-Smith is a writer and curator based in New York, who for several years was Bourgeois' literary archivist. He is the curator of the international programme at Malba – Fundación Costantini in Buenos Aires, Argentina.