Ode à l’oubli (Ode to Forgetting)

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  • Literature

    Museum of Modern Art Cat. No. 61b-95b
    Deborah Wye, Louise Bourgeois (American, born France 1911), in Cornelia Butler and Alexandra Schwartz, eds., Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2010, pp. 274-277
    Germano Celant, Louise Bourgeois, The Fabric Works, 2010, no. 145

  • Catalogue Essay

    This editioned fabric volume is modeled after a unique book she made in 2002 (MoMA collection) 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 used the material for years in sculptures and as the support for prints and drawings.

  • Artist Bio

    Louise Bourgeois

    French-American • 1911 - 2010

    Known for her idiosyncratic style, Louise Bourgeois was a pioneering and iconic figure of twentieth and early twenty-first century art. Untied to an art historical movement, Bourgeois was a singular voice, both commanding and quiet.

    Bourgeois was a prolific printmaker, draftsman, sculptor and painter. She employed diverse materials including metal, fabric, wood, plaster, paper and paint in a range of scale — both monumental and intimate. She used recurring themes and subjects (animals, insects, architecture, the figure, text and abstraction) as form and metaphor to explore the fragility of relationships and the human body. Her artworks are meditations of emotional states: loneliness, jealousy, pride, anger, fear, love and longing.

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Ode à l’oubli (Ode to Forgetting)

2004
The complete hand-made cloth book with 35 compositions: 30 fabric collages with archival dyes and 5 lithographs on fabric, bound with tie and buttonhole fastening (allowing the pages to be unbound).
10 1/2 x 14 x 3 in. (26.7 x 35.6 x 7.6 cm)
With the artist's name and numbered 17/25 on cloth labels affixed to the inside of the back cover (there were also 7 artist's proofs), published by Peter Blum Edition, New York, fabrication, dyeing and digital printing by Solo Impression workshop and Dyenamix, New York.

Estimate
$80,000 - 120,000 

sold for $274,000

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New York Auction 26 October 2016