To Whom It May Concern
Louise Bourgeois and Gary Indiana
Violette Editions (Autumn 2011)
Limited edition of 1,500 numbered copies
Hardback, 76 pages
24 colour illustrations
32.4 x 22.9 cm (h x w, portrait)
A collaboration between Louise Bourgeois and Gary Indiana pairs her beautiful colour-wash male and female torso images with his word-poems, creating a meditation on relationships, sexuality and physicality.
This Violette Editions publication faithfully reproduces in reduced size the original large-format artists' book, which was made in fabric in an edition of only seven copies.
To Whom It May Concern is one of the final projects Bourgeois completed and is
an apt demonstration of the enduring power of her work. Rich pinks, purples, reds and blues describe bodies comprising swollen bellies, heavy breasts, engorged phalluses and stooped torsos in a series of pairings on facing pages. Deceptively simple in design, the varying intensity and range of colour within each figure reveals a dynamism in each repeated coupling of these headless, limbless bodies: male and female at their essential, and the relationship between the two, changing but the same. Indiana's short, visceral but lyrical texts are interspersed throughout and form a conversation with these images, an unconventional non-narrative, part of a broader dialogue about the barrier of flesh, about desire and intimacy.
Internationally renowned artist Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911.
She lived in New York from 1938 until her death in 2010. Using the body as a primary form, Bourgeois explored the full range of the human condition. From poetic drawings to room-size installations, she was able to give her fears a physical form
in order to exorcise them. Memories, sexuality, love and abandonment are the core of her complex oeuvre. Her work appears in collections worldwide, and in 2007 she was the subject of a major travelling retrospective organised by the Tate Modern, London, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Gary Indiana is an influential American writer, essayist and journalist, who came to prominence as an art critic for New York's Village Voice. Alongside satirical novels such as Resentment (1997), Three Month Fever (1999) and Depraved Indifference (2002), he has also written non-fiction on a broad range of cultural phenomena from Pasolini to Warhol.