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Cat. No. 1224

Aux Vieilles Tapisseries: 44 Sentences de Louise Bourgeois

Date:
2005
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "At the Old Tapestries: 44 Sentences by Louise Bourgeois"
Author:
The artist
Themes:
Words
Techniques:
Relief, Screenprint
Description:
Illustrated book with 1 screenprint frontispiece, 1 letterpress facsimile, and 44 letterpress texts
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
overall: 13 9/16 × 10 1/4 × 1 7/16" (34.5 × 26.1 × 3.6 cm). Sheet sizes vary throughout. See individual.
Signature:
"Louise Bourgeois" lower center colophon, pencil.
Publisher:
Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris, Paris
Printer:
Derriere L'Etoile Studios, New York,
Peter Kruty Editions, Brooklyn
Edition:
108; plus 20 H.C., 10 A.P.
Impression:
"XVI/XX" lower center colophon, pencil, unknown hand.
Edition Information:
The 108 examples in the edition are numbered 1-108. The 20 H.C.s are numbered I-XX. The A.P.s are numbered E.A.1-E.A.10.

There are also 10 unnumbered "exemplaires nominatifs" reserved for collectors of the entire "Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs" series of illustrated books (see Background). There are also 2 unnumbered examples for the artist and editor. All are signed by the artist.
Pagination:
44 numbered text pages, 1 screenprint frontispiece, 1 facsimile business card bookmark, and 1 double-sided colophon.
Printer of Text:
Atelier Mérat-Auger, Paris
Housing:
Unbound. Publisher's clamshell box: red fabric lined with white paper, made by Les Etablissements Dermont-Duval, Paris.
Background:
"Aux Vieilles Tapisseries: 44 Sentences de Louise Bourgeois" is number 11 of 23 from the ongoing series of artist's books "Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs" (Musings from My Leisures). The series title refers to the writing of Jean-Claude Lebensztejn, a French art historian and critic. Participating artists are invited to create a book that may or may not take direct inspiration from Lebensztejn. The artists can realize the project alone, or in collaboration with an author of their choice. Other participating artists include Christian Boltanski, Giulio Paolini, and Lawrence Weiner.

For her project, Bourgeois used her own writing and took excerpts from various loose sheets, diaries, and notebooks. Her book is named after the Bourgeois family's tapestry restoration business. The artist even reproduced her father's business card as a bookmark. (The original can be seen below in Related Works in Other Mediums.) To realize her project, Bourgeois sought the assistance of Brigitte Cornand, a French filmmaker who was close to the artist in the last years of her life.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
1502.2012.1-46

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Louise Bourgeois,

Aux Vieilles Tapisseries: 44 Sentences de Louise Bourgeois,

Paris, Yvon Lambert, 2005

Bourgeois's entire text for this volume appears on the pages cited below.

Page 1:
Dans l'armoire de ma mère, il y avait des piles de draps

Page 2:
Emphysème
Asthma

Page 3:
Les voix du passé refusent de se taire

Page 4:
LE MAL DU PAYS

Page 5:
Aux Vieilles Tapisseries

Page 6:
REJECTION

Page 7:
Lundi lundi lundi
Oublions la semaine passée
Lundi lundi lundi

Page 8:
The map of my youth
La tapisserie de mon enfance

Page 9:
LES VOEUX

Page 10:
Le vrai et le faux
Le possible et l'impossible
Le connu et l'inconnu
Le visible et l'invisible
Le montré et le caché
Le voulu et le rejeté
L'utile et l'inutile
Le plein et le vide
Le dur et le mou

Page 11:
CHANTAGE

Page 12:
ANA MENDIETA
CARL ANDRE

Page 13:
SONNY & CHER

Page 14:
L'évanescent et l'éternel

Page 15:
Chenille blanche

Page 16:
Je veux parler de la magie

Page 17:
La mélancolie après la mort du père

Page 18:
Vous me demandez trop
Vous me demandez trop
Vous me demandez trop
Vous me demandez trop
Vous me demandez trop
Vous me demandez trop
Vous me demandez trop
Vous me demandez trop
Vous me demandez trop
Vous me demandez trop
Vous me demandez trop

Page 19:
SE NIER
DÉNIER
RENIER

Page 20:
TITANIC

Page 21:
Ce qui me manque : c'est le temps,
l'espace, la paix, la confiance, la compassion, la patience

Page 22:
Amé lio ra tion
Alim entation
Acco modation

Page 23:
Flirter
C'est mieux

Page 24:
La peur du menteur

Page 25:
TO-TOI-TU-ME-TUE

Page 26:
LES SUCKERS

Page 27:
LAID AUJOURD'HUI
LAID DEMAIN
LAID POUR TOUJOURS

Page 28:
LE TERRITOIRE DU NON

Page 29:
Ce n'est pas mon rôle d'offrir
C'est mon rôle de refuser

Page 30:
RENONCE

Page 31:
Le musée des horreurs et des blasphèmes

Page 32:
J'entends... l'important

Page 33:
Les 3 D
Dons, droits, devoirs
Dons is love and gratitude
Droits et devoirs sont agression

Page 34:
L'attaquer est crucifié

Page 35:
Paysage sans ciel

Page 36:
Cela me plaît de regarder les gens qui passent

Page 37:
Les étourdissements

Page 38:
DÉCONTRACTÉE

Page 39:
Je vais me blottir dans mon lit

Page 40:
Les 5 orifices de mon visage

Page 41:
J'ai trouvé une souris morte

Page 42:
Je suis arrivée à me faire aimer
Ce que je déteste le plus

Page 43:
Je n'ai plus besoin d'éduquer personne

Page 44:
Je n'aime pas les mots