Destruction of the Father/Reconstruction of the Father:

Destruction of the Father/Reconstruction of the Father: Writings and Interviews, 1923–1997 edited by Marie Laure Bernadac and Hans Ulrich Obrist Everyday you have to abandon your past or accept it and then if youcannot accept it, you become a sculptor Since the age of twelve, the internationally renowned sculptor LouiseBourgeois has been writing and drawing first a diary preciselyrecounting the everyday events of her family life, then notes andreflections Destruction of the Father the title comes fromthe name of a sculpture she did following the death of her husband in contains both formal texts and what the artist calls pen thoughts drawing texts often connected to her drawings andsculptures, with stories or poems inscribed alongside the imagesWriting is a means of expression that has gained increasing importancefor Bourgeois, particularly during periods of insomnia The writing iscompulsive, but it can also be perfectly controlled, informed by herintellectual background, knowledge of art history, and sense ofliterary form she has frequently published articles on artists, exhibitions, and art events Bourgeois, a private woman withoutsecrets, has given numerous interviews to journalists, artists, andwriters, expressing her views on her oeuvre, revealing its hiddenmeanings, and relating the connection of certain works to the traumasof her childhood This book collects both her writings and her spokenremarks on art, confirming the deep links between her work and herbiography and offering new insights into her creative process



10 thoughts on “Destruction of the Father/Reconstruction of the Father: Writings and Interviews, 1923–1997

  1. says:

    Cuando era peque a, todas las mujeres de mi casa usaban agujas Siempre he sentido fascinaci n por las agujas, por el poder m gico de las agujas Las agujas sirven para reparar los da os Tratan de conseguir un tipo de perd n No son nunca agresivas, a diferencia de los alfileres.Es probablemente mi cita favorita de todo el libro, y, aunque podr a decir


  2. says:

    To be an artist is a guarantee to your fellow humans that the wear and tear of living will not let you become a murderer Louise Bourgeois on art, integrity, the trap of false humility, and the key to creative confidence wisdom from a lifetime of her previously unpublished diaries and letters.


  3. says:

    not done, but I highly recommend this if you want to get inspired


  4. says:

    it s amazing how someone who can express herself so amazingly in visual arts can also have the capacity to write some amazing insightshowever the same concepts are discussed over and over and over againan obsession with her childhood almost as if none of her grown up years had any influence on her art


  5. says:

    I was actually looking for an autobiography, this is the closest thing I could find a recollection of diaries, enterviews and statements It s an absolutetly stunning book Louise is obsessed about her childhood i guess we all are but she uses it as a force of creation and recollects it so many times you feel engulfed in her personal simbolism the spider, the penis, the d


  6. says:

    Louise Bourgeois has been able to look at her life at a distance which I find to be the hardest things a person can do She understands people, events, she is able to analyze situations, her personal life and challenge belief systems.


  7. says:

    I am not going to even attempt to review this book because I would end up sounding like a fawning idiot with daddy issues and a penchant for older lady artists Seriously.


  8. says:

    Usually I love diaries and letters This was all way way too abstract No blood No juice Just complicated thoughts about the relations of forms.


  9. says:

    I m in adoration I wonder if Ms Bourgeois is in need of an adopted daughter


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