Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books
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Included here are references for the study of prints and illustrated books by Louise Bourgeois. A range of general references is also cited to provide context. Some items are indicated as “trade editions”; these are large, commercial printings of Bourgeois’s limited edition illustrated books and series, aimed at a broader audience.

Bourgeois’s printed oeuvre has been catalogued in the following two sources, with this online catalogue raisonné superseding the 1994 volume:

Wye, Deborah, ed. Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2017.

Wye, Deborah, and Carol Smith. The Prints of Louise Bourgeois. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994.

General References

Askew, Lucy, and Anthony d’Offay. Louise Bourgeois: A Woman without Secrets. Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland, 2013

Bal, Mieke. Louise Bourgeois’ Spider: The Architecture of Art-Writing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001

Bernadac, Marie-Laure. Louise Bourgeois. Paris and New York: Flammarion, 1996. (Revised and reprinted, 2006)

Bernadac, Marie-Laure and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, eds. Destruction of the Father /Reconstruction of the Father: Writings and Interviews, 1923–1997. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, in association with London: Violette, 1998 (revised German edition with new texts by Bernadac and Obrist, Zurich: Ammann, 2001)

Bourgeois, Louise, with Lawrence Rinder. Louise Bourgeois: Drawings & Observations. Berkeley, CA: University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; and Boston: Bulfinch, 1995

Celant, Germano. Louise Bourgeos: The Fabric Works. Venice: Fondazione Vedova and Skira, 2010

Cornand, Brigitte. Grabigouji: À Louise Bourgeois, mon amie. Paris: Dilecta, 2011

Coxon, Ann. Louise Bourgeois. London: Tate, 2010

Crone, Rainer and Petrus Graf Schaesberg. Louise Bourgeois: The Secret of the Cells. Munich: Prestel, 1998. (revised edition, 2011)

Gardner, Paul. Louise Bourgeois. New York: Universe, 1994

Gorovoy, Jerry, and Pandora Tabatabai Asbaghi. Louise Bourgeois: Blue Days and Pink Days. With a critical text by Paulo Herkenhoff. Milan: Fondazione Prada, 1997

Gorovoy, Jerry, and John Cheim, eds. Louise Bourgeois: Drawings. With an introduction by Robert Storr. New York: Robert Miller; and Paris: Daniel Lelong, 1988

Gorovoy, Jerry and Danielle Tilkin. Louise Bourgeois: Memory and Architecture. With texts by Mieke Bal, Jennifer Bloomer, Beatriz Colomina, Lynne Cooke, Jerry Gorovoy and Danielle Tilkin, Joseph Helfenstein, and Christiane Terrisse. Madrid: Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, 1999

Kellein, Thomas. Louise Bourgeois: La Famille. Bielefeld (Germany): Kunsthalle Bielefeld, 2006

Kotik, Charlotta, Terrie Sultan, and Christian Leigh. Louise Bourgeois: The Locus of Memory, Works 1982–1993. With statements by Louise Bourgeois, Lynne Cooke, Christopher French, Josef Helfenstein, Jenny Holzer, Arthur Miller, Lois Nesbitt, Mignon Nixon, Adrian Piper, Richard Serra, Nancy Spector, and Ginny Williams. New York: The Brooklyn Museum, 1994

Kuspit, Donald. Bourgeois. New York: Elizabeth Avedon/Vintage Contemporary Artists, 1988

Küster, Ulf. Louise Bourgeois. Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2011

Larratt-Smith, Philip, ed. Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed, 2 vols. With texts by Elisabeth Bronfen, Donald Kuspit, Philip Larratt-Smith, Juliet Mitchell, Mignon Nixon, Paul Verhaeghe and Julie De Ganck, and Meg Harris Williams. Buenos Aires: Fundación Proa, 2011; London: Violette, 2012

Larratt-Smith, Philip, and Paul Nesbitt. Nature Study: Louise Bourgeois and John Hutton Balfour (1808–1884), 2 vols. Edinburgh: Royal Botanic Garden, 2008

Lorz, Julienne, ed. Louise Bourgeois. Structures of Existence: The Cells. With texts by Lynne Cooke, Bart De Baere, Kate Fowle, Jerry Gorovoy, Julienne Lorz, Griselda Pollock, Nancy Spector, Dionea Rocha Watt, and Ulrich Wilmes. Munich: Prestel and Haus der Kunst, 2015

Louise Bourgeois: The Insomnia Drawings, 2 vols. With texts by Marie-Laure Bernadac and Elisabeth Bronfen. Zurich: Daros; in collaboration with New York: Peter Blum; and Zurich: Scalo, 2000

Meyer-Thoss, Christiane. Louise Bourgeois: Designing For Free Fall. Zurich: Ammann, 1992 (revised edition, Zurich: Ink Press, 2016)

Morris, Frances, ed. Louise Bourgeois. With essays by Paulo Herkenhoff, Julia Kristeva, Donald Kuspit, Elisabeth Lebovici, Frances Morris, Mignon Nixon, Linda Nochlin, Alex Potts, Robert Storr, and entry contributions by twenty additional authors. London: Tate, 2007

Müller-Westermann, Iris, ed. Louise Bourgeois: I Have Been to Hell and Back. With a text by Léa Vuong. Stockholm: Moderna Museet; and Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2015

Nixon, Mignon. Fantastic Reality: Louise Bourgeois and a Story of Modern Art. Cambridge, MA, and London: MIT Press, 2005

Nixon, Mignon, ed. Oxford Art Journal 22, no. 2: Louise Bourgeois. With texts by Mieke Bal, Briony Fer, Mignon Nixon, Griselda Pollock, Alex Potts, and Anne M. Wagner. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999

Novesky, Amy. Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois. With illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2016. (Children’s book)

Storr, Robert. Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois. New York: Monacelli, 2016

Storr, Robert, Paulo Herkenhoff and Allan Schwartzman. Louise Bourgeois. London: Phaidon, 2003

Wye, Deborah. Louise Bourgeois. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1982

On Bourgeois’s Prints and Books

Asbaghi, Pandora Tabatabai. Louise Bourgeois: Sculpture and Prints. Lugano-Castagnola, Switzerland: Christine Bader, 2006

Barcal, Alexandra. Between the Lines: Graphikfolgen von Louise Bourgeois. Zurich: Graphische Sammlung der ETH and Basel: Schwabe, 2012

Bernadac, Marie-Laure. Louise Bourgeois: Pensées-Plumes. With a text by Deborah Wye. Paris: Centre Pompidou, 1995

Bourgeois, Louise. Ode à la Bièvre. New York: Zucker, 2007. (Trade edition)

Bourgeois, Louise. Nothing to Remember. Göttingen, Germany, and London: Steidl Hauser & Wirth, 2008. (Trade edition)

Bourgeois, Louise, and Tracey Emin. Do Not Abandon Me. New York: Carolina Nitsch, 2010. (Trade edition)

Bourgeois, Louise, and Gary Indiana. To Whom It May Concern. London: Violette, in association with New York: The Easton Foundation, 2011. (Trade edition)

Braekeleer, Catherine de. Louise Bourgeois: Estampes et livres illustrés. With texts by Alain Cueff and Sophie Lévy. La Louvière, Belgium: Centre de la Gravure et de l’image imprimée, 2004

Cluitmans, Laurie, and Arnisa Zeqo, eds. He Disappeared into Complete Silence: Rereading a Single Artwork by Louise Bourgeois. With texts by Mieke Bal, Maria Barnas, Lytle Shaw, Robert Storr, Steven ten Thije, and Arnisa Zeqo. Haarlem, Netherlands: De Hallen Haarlem, 2011

Cole, Ian, ed. The Museum of Modern Art Papers, Volume One: Louise Bourgeois. With papers by Phyllida Barlow, Ian Cole, Michael Corris, Katy Deepwell, Pamela Kember, Adrian Rifkin, Hilary Robinson, and Caryn Faure Walker. Oxford: The Museum of Modern Art, 1996

Cusk, Rachel. Louise Bourgeois: Suites on Fabric. London: Marlborough Graphics, 2011

Fremon, Jean. Louise Bourgeois: Moi, Eugénie Grandet. With excerpts from Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac. Paris: Gallimard and Maison de Balzac, 2010

Herkenhoff, Paulo. Louise Bourgeois: Selected Prints 1989–2005. London: Marlborough Graphics, 2005

Herkenhoff, Paulo. XI Mostra da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba/Mostra América. Curitiba, Brazil: Museu da Gravura Cidade de Curtiba,1995: 48–49

Katz, Vincent. "Louise Bourgeois: An Interview." Print Collector’s Newsletter 25, no. 3 (July/August 1995): 86–90

Larratt-Smith, Philip. Louise Bourgeois: Les Fleurs. Seoul: Kukje Gallery, 2010

Larratt-Smith, Philip. Louise Bourgeois: Prints. Stockholm: Galleri Andersson Sandstrom, 2009

Lévy, Sophie. Louise Bourgeois: Livres illustrés. Giverny, France: Musée d’Art Américain, 2001 (French and English brochure)

Liebmann, Lisa. “Louise Bourgeois, at Last,” Print Collector’s Newsletter 24, no. 1 (March/April 1993): 7–8

Louise Bourgeois: L’ouevre gravée. Zurich: Galerie Lelong, 1991

Louise Bourgeois: Repairs in the Sky. With texts by Magdalena Aguiló Victory, Antoni Boix Pons, Louise Bourgeois, Maria de Lluc Fluxà, Maria Luisa Lax, and Patricia Mayayo. Mallorca, Spain: Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, 2005

Malbert, Roger, and Juliet Mitchell. Louise Bourgeois: Autobiographical Prints. London: Hayward, 2016

Miller, Arthur. Homely Girl, A Life, 2 vols. With photolithograph illustrations by Louise Bourgeois. New York: Peter Blum Edition, 1992. (Trade edition)

Minder, Nicole and Cristina Mundici. Un duo en solo: Estampes 1942–1948 1974–2000, Carol Rama & Louise Bourgeois. Vevy, Switzerland: Cabinet cantonal des estampes, Musée Jenisch, 2001

Oliveira, Márcia. “Weaving the Archive: Some Notes on the Artist’s Books of Louise Bourgeois.” Journal of Artists’ Books 42 (Fall 2017): 24-28

Parkett, no. 27, 1991: Collaborations: Louise Bourgeois and Robert Gober. Texts on Bourgeois by Manuel J. Borja-Villel, Josef Helfenstein, Christiane Meyer-Thoss, Mignon Nixon, and Harald Szeemann. (Edition produced by Bourgeois for this issue of Parkett: Reparation, 1991. Lithograph with stitching and collage)

Parkett, no. 82, 2008: Collaborations: Louise Bourgeois, Pawel Althamer, and Rachel Harrison. Texts on Bourgeois by Tracey Emin, Griselda Pollock, and Robert Storr. (Edition produced by Bourgeois for this issue of Parkett: The Maternal Man, 2008. Digital print on fabric.)

Pernoud, Emmanuel. Louise Bourgeois estampes. Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France, 1995

Prose, Francine. Louise Bourgeois: Recent Prints on Cloth and Paper. London: Marlborough, 2007

Rotenhan, Christina von. "Louise Bourgeois: Between the Lines," review of the exhibition Between the Lines: Graphikfolgen von Louise Bourgeois at ETH Zurich. Art in Print 2, no. 6 (March–April 2013): 18–19

Sawkins, Annemarie. Louise Bourgeois: Recent Projects. Milwaukee: Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, 2007

Smith, Carol. Louise Bourgeois Prints: 1989–1998. Lynchburg, VA: Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon College, 1999

Suzuki, Sarah J. S. Louise Bourgeois: Illustrated Books. New York: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, 2001

Thompson, Cynthia. Louise Bourgeois, Topiary: The Art of Improving Nature. Memphis, TN: Memphis College of Art, 2005

Wye, Deborah. Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2017

Wye, Deborah. “Louise Bourgeois: Ode à l’Oubli.” In Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art, edited by Cornelia Butler and Alexandra Schwartz, 274–77. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2010