15; plus 3 A.P., 1 P.P., and a portfolio version with an edition of 7 with 2 A.P.
"6/15" lower center of colophon, black ink, unknown hand.
49 unnumbered pages, including the colophon.
Bound. Clamshell box.
Lison Editions is a name Bourgeois adopted when she published works herself, late in her life. "Lison" is a nickname she had as a child. The full list of her nicknames is: Lise, Lison, Lisette, Louison, Louisette.
Bourgeois's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, provided the following information: The cover pattern for "Hours of the Day" derives from a garment Bourgeois owned--a scarf or a blouse, while the change from light to dark is a digitally printed effect. The background of the pages is printed to resemble music paper, which Bourgeois favored for drawings and can be found in her work as far back as the early 1940s. She returned to it as a drawing surface in 1994-95, at the time of her "Insomnia Drawings" series, when she listened to music during the night.
Dimensions: The illustrated book version of "Hours of the Day" preceded the portfolio version. The portfolio is considerably larger than the illustrated book.
Page dimensions vary slightly because of hemming and stretching fluctuations.
Formats: The cover and each two-page spread of the illustrated book have corresponding sheets in the portfolio. The cover images of the illustrated book and portfolio are similar, however, the image on the cover of the illustrated book continues onto its verso and the facing page (constituting the "endpapers"). Also, in the spreads of the illustrated book, the compositions are divided into two sections to accommodate the gutter.
The illustrated book and portfolio were created independently using separate digital files; therefore, minor differences occur between the texts.
The texts come from Bourgeois's daybooks, which she kept for each year up until the very last years of her life. She used them for appointments, and also annotated them with short texts and drawings.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
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This Work in Other Collections:
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris Tate Modern, London
New York: Carolina Nitsch Editions and Lison Editions, 2006
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 Agoraphobia
No. 3 of 24 My breasts are flat Empty 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 Nothing Nobody Nowhere 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 incognito
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 Oublie-la
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 Renewal Reconciliation Sunrise 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
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