Book Review: Fantastic Reality: Louise Bourgeois: A Story of Modern Art, by Mignon Nixon

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Rowley, Alison (2007)
  • Publisher: University of Manchester
  • Subject: NB

The first image in Mignon Nixon’s new study of Louise Bourgeois is a photograph of the artist taken in\ud 1947 in a New York apartment. She is kneeling on the floor in a gesture of mock homage to Joan Miró\ud who is enthroned in an armchair and cloaked in a painted robe with each bare foot resting on a pile of\ud books about Picasso. A note tells us that the photograph was originally published in Artforum on the\ud occasion of the 1994 Miró retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The re-publication\ud of the photograph, this time at the beginning of an art historical monograph devoted to the work of\ud Louise Bourgeois, provides a neat visual condensation of the framework that structures this study of\ud her practice: surrealism, psychoanalysis and feminism.
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    8 Melanie Klein, 'Mourning and Its Relation to Manic Depressive States,' (1940) quoted by Nixon, Fantastic Reality, 156.

    9 Nixon, Fantastic Reality, 186.

    10 Jacqueline Rose, 'Negativity in the Work of Melanie Klein,' (1993) quoted by Nixon, Fantastic Reality, 187. 11Nixon, Fantastic Reality, 187. 13 Nixon, Fantastic Reality, 206. 12 Lucy Lippard, 'Eccentric Abstraction,' (1966) quoted by Nixon, Fantastic Reality, 188.

    14 Annette Michelson, '“Where Is Your Rupture?”: Mass Culture and the Gesamtkunstwerk,' (1991) quoted by Nixon, Fantastic Reality, 213.

    15 Michelson, '“Where Is Your Rupture?”,' quoted by Nixon, Fantastic Reality, 209.

    16 Klein, 'The Psychological Principles of Infant Analysis,' (1926) quoted by Nixon, Fantastic Reality, 235.

    17 Nixon, Fantastic Reality, 235.

    18 Jane Gallop, 'Beyond the Phallus,' (1988) quoted by Nixon, Fantastic Reality¸ 236.

    19 Nixon, Fantastic Reality, 249.

    20 Nixon, Fantastic Reality, 265.

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