Louise Bourgeois. Hours of the Day. 2006

Louise Bourgeois Hours of the Day 2006

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Bourgeois's entire text for this portfolio appears on the compositions cited below.

No. 1 of 24
I am waiting for you
I will not abandon you
I can wait for you
I will wait for you
Do not abandon me

No. 2 of 24
House arrest

No. 3 of 24
My breasts are flat
What am I to do but wait
-for what?
It’s going to be too late

No. 4 of 24
Le Procrastinator

No. 5 of 24
The clock that has stopped
No one

No. 6 of 24
I need to hear your voice
every day at 11 AM
to know if you are here

No. 7 of 24
The return of the hero
Long time no see

No. 8 of 24
C'est le jour des pardons
des petits pardons

No. 9 of 24
I want to be loved for myself

No. 10 of 24
In depression
the motion of the possible
is reversed
and replaced by the impossible

No. 11 of 24
What did you do for twenty years?
You have wasted your time
The woman who has lost her life
She has cooked, housecleaned, sewn
washed, done the stairs, the windows,
the floors, the fish and the soup

No. 12 of 24
La matinée
Le déjeuner
L'après-midi, je monte à 5 heures
faire la couverture
La soirée
La nuit
Je ne perds pas vue ni le passé
ni l'avenir
I stay on top of my inquiétude

No. 13 of 24
Ugly today
Ugly tomorrow
Ugly for ever

No. 14 of 24
Turning round like sick pig
It was urgent yesterday
It is not urgent today

No. 15 of 24
L'énergie du matin n'est pas une
force centripète
La fatigue du soir a une
force centrifuge

No. 16 of 24
I am on the other side of despair
and this happens to me 4 times a day
I am fed up
I want to give up and see no one
Finish, hopeless, good evening

No. 17 of 24
All my actions today
will aim to avoid
the things that I have to do

No. 18 of 24
J'aimais les jours de Pénélope

No. 19 of 24
Emptiness in time and in space
I need emptiness
The garden is beautiful and empty
My future, my days
are all clear and empty
I have time

No. 20 of 24
Back and forth
Rhythm of the clock
The planet is a clock turning and ticking
You have to get in step
with the ticking of the world
Then it is all right

No. 21 of 24
Your sudden perception of beauty
is what keeps you going
step by step along the way

No. 22 of 24
Eruption of the unconscious
Place it in magistracy
Place it in history
Place it in time

No. 23 of 24
Buds on tree branches
Birds return
Only lint is beyond redemption
Arrival of the crackles

No. 24 of 24
Echo of the morning
Return of the light
The admiration towards
the loved object
is infinite

Publication excerpt from Louise Bourgeois, Hours of the Day, New York: Carolina Nitsch Editions and Lison Editions, 2006.
Louise Bourgeois
Fabric illustrated book with 25 digital prints (including cover)
page (each): 13 x 9" (33 x 22.8 cm); overall: 13 x 10 5/8 x 2 3/16" (33 x 27 x 5.5 cm)
Carolina Nitsch Editions, New York, Lison Editions, New York (Louise Bourgeois)
Dyenamix, New York
"6/15" lower center of colophon, black ink, unknown hand.
Gift of the artist
Object number
© The Easton Foundation/VAGA at ARS, NY
Illustrated Book
Drawings and Prints

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