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September 2018 Book of the Month at Tate Modern
‘Louise Bourgeois talks, talks to herself, reviewing the scraps of her long life in all their disorder. This is the portrait, from memory, of a woman who devoted her life to her art, a life that was also the life of the century.’ writes Jean Frémon.
‘Riffing off the journals the artist kept throughout her life, Frémon, who knew Bourgeois, gives her story a new outing - sampling her speech, as it were, before streaming it through a surround-sound amplifier - in this perfectly pitched medley of fact and fiction.’ by Anna Aslanyan, TLS, 18 September 2018
‘Can men write feminist books?’ Michèle Roberts reflects on Jean Frémon's writing and Louise Bourgeois's work on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking, 12 September 2018
‘Louise Bourgeois as I Knew Her’ by Jean Frémon, Notes on Craft, Granta online, 31 May 2018
Progressing by image and word associations, Frémon evokes Bourgeois's history and inner life, bringing a sense of fascinating and moving proximity to the internationally renowned artist... The art world’s grande dame and its shameless old lady, who spun personal history into works of profound strangeness, speaks out with her characteristic insolence and wit, and comes to vibrant life again through the words of a most discrete, masterful writer. From her childhood in France to her exile and life in America, to her death; her relationships to her family and her young assistant, her views on landmark male artists, the genesis of her own work... through the moods, barbs, resentments, reservations and back, at full speed – this is a phosphorescent account of Bourgeois’s life, as could only be captured by the imagination of one artist regarding another.
· An ideal short text to introduce readers to one of the greatest artists of our time
and reveal her to those who know her work already.
· A deeply feminist book by a seventy-two-year-old male author.
‘The spider woman, the intellectual, the rebel, the sly enchantress, and the good girl sing together in this exuberant, lithe text beautifully translated by Cole Swensen. There is something uncanny at play in this small book, something I don’t fully grasp, but I suspect that elusive, haunted excess may be exactly why I love it.’ Siri Hustvedt
‘Now, Now Louison draws the reader in with all of the monstrous elegance of a spider, capturing us in the fine web of the creative process, and revealing, with biting wit and lyrical style, the ego, and sacrifices it takes to make monumental work.’ Preti Taneja, author of We that are young
‘The life of Louise Bourgeois is rendered in ellipsis, quick brush strokes, and a mix of associations of ideas
and of sensations waltzing with chronology. A highly original, sensitive text.’– Libération
‘Jean Frémon brings Louise Bourgeois close up into a fascinating and moving proximity.’– ArtPress
‘Jean Frémon is a wholly singular artist, a writer who lives in the radiant zone where poetry, philosophy and storytelling meet.’ – Paul Auster
'Perhaps life, this life, any life, is best preserved in its many bits, just as it was lived'. – Harry Thorne, Frieze