The Return of the Repressed: Psychoanalytic Writings - Louise Bourgeois


Approximately 80 previously unpublished writings by Louise Bourgeois appear here in print for the first time.

The catalogue from the travelling exhibition 'Return of the Repressed' that came to the Freud Museum in 2012, curated by Philip Larrat-Smith.

Combined with eight extensive scholarly essays, Bourgeois' writings turn our critical understanding of her work on its head, offering a new and unprecedented insight into the work of one of the 20th centurys greatest artists.

Famed for such works as The Destruction of the Father (1974), Arch of Hysteria (1993) and her huge and emblematic piece Maman (1999) - an enormous spider as an icon of maternal protection and withdrawal - Bourgeois investigated the realm of psychoanalytical territory through her sculptures, paintings and writings. Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed shows the enduring presence of psychoanalysis as a motivational force and a site of exploration in her life and work.

This hardback catalogue comes with two volumes; the first is a compilation of essays by analysts, curators, and art historians about Bourgeois' work; the second volume is bourgeois' own writings from her years in analysis.

Selected and edited by Philip Larratt-Smith, her literary archivist, these texts provide a comprehensive overview and re-reading covering 60 years of artistic production. The second volume in this gorgeous set also serves as an impressive and up-to-date monograph, detailing works up until the artists death in 2010.

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