Louise Bourgeois Untitled, no. 26 of 34, from the illustrated book, Ode à l'Oubli 2002

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Bourgeois has made illustrated books, a format that she herself collects, since the late 1940s, incorporating her own texts and those of other authors. This editioned fabric volume is modeled after a unique book she made in 2002 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 has used the material for years in sculptures and as the support for prints and drawings.

Gallery label from Mind and Matter: Alternative Abstractions, 1940s to Now, May 5–August 16, 2010.
Fabric collage
page (approx.): 10 3/4 × 12 1/16" (27.3 × 30.7 cm)
Not numbered
Gift of the artist
Object number
© The Easton Foundation/VAGA at ARS, NY
Illustrated book
Ode à l'Oubli
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