Now, Now, Louison

Jean Frémon (Author) Cole Swensen (Translator)
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Description

This brilliant portrait of the renowned artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) shows a woman who was devoted to her art and whose life was also that of her century. The art world's grande dame and its shameless old lady, spinning personal history into works of profound strangeness, speaks with her characteristic insolence and wit, through a most discreet, masterful writer. From her childhood in France to her exile and adult life in America, to her death, this phosphorescent novella describes Bourgeois's inner life as only one artist regarding another can.
Included as an afterword is Frémon's essay about his own "portrait writing" and how he came to know and work with Louise Bourgeois.

Product Details

Price
$13.95  $12.83
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
March 26, 2019
Pages
112
Dimensions
4.5 X 0.3 X 7.2 inches | 0.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811228527
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About the Author

JEAN FRÉMON is a renowned French gallerist and writer and has written art-historical works on artists including Robert Ryman, Antoni Tapies, and Robert Walser. He worked with Louise Bourgeois on her first European exhibition in 1985 at the Galerie Lelong, and on the last exhibition she organized herself, at the Maison de Balzac.
Cole Swensen is the author of seventeen collections of poetry, most recently On Walking On (Nightboat, 2017), Gave (Omnidawn, 2017), and Landscapes on a Train (Nightboat 2015), and a volume of critical essays. Her poetic collections turn around specific research projects, including ones on public parks, visual art, illuminated manuscripts, and ghosts. Her work has won the National Poetry Series, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, and the PEN USA Award in Literary Translation. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, she is the co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid and the founding editor of La Presse Poetry (www.lapressepoetry.com). She teaches at Brown University.

Reviews

The life of Louise Bourgeois is rendered in ellipses, quick brush strokes, and a mix of associations of ideas and of sensations waltzing with chronology. A highly original, sensitive text.
Jean Frémon is a wholly singular artist, a writer who lives in the radiant zone where poetry, philosophy, and storytelling meet.--Paul Auster
Taking as its lead both Bourgeois's voice and creative practice, this is a book that eschews excessive biographical detail to convey something closer to life, 'a kind of portrait' captured through the combined artistry of writer and translator.--Brigette Manion"Brigette Manion reviews Now, Now Louison" (10/05/2018)
Poet and curator Frémon gives voice to one of the outstanding artists of the 20th century, Louise Bourgeois, in a written portrait that is as tender as it is catty and cantankerous. Strands of memory unfurl--from Bourgeois' childhood in France to her self-imposed exile in the US--alongside her thoughts on beauty and the purpose of art.-- (10/05/2018)
The first to commission Bourgeois' work, for a European exhibition in 1985, writer and gallerist Jean Frémon meditates on the spirit of the iconoclastic artist, best known for her oversized sculptures of spiders, rather than presenting a straight biography.-- (03/04/2019)
A cat's cradle woven from shreds of [Louise Bourgeois's] biography, it nonetheless can snare the heart.--John Domini (04/04/2019)
Frémon's style is poetic and often poignant. There's a rhythm and internal logic to the flow of the book that's all the more impressive because of its purposeful fragmentation. The text loops back on certain subjects and motifs, the way humans do in their minds. The most important of these, unsurprisingly, is art. Frémon clearly understands how much creating art informed Bourgeois's life, and his writing about her work is often his most insightful.-- (05/15/2019)