Created with Sketch.
Created with Sketch.

He Disappeared into Complete Silence

Rereading a Single Artwork by Louise Bourgeois

Onomatopee 72

Produced in New York in 1947, He Disappeared into Complete Silence signifies Louise Bourgeois’s indepence and personal growth — it reflects her departure from painting and marks her independent stylistic identity in the postwar milieu. Consisting of nine parables and nine engravings, the work creates a universe in which eternal loneliness converges with absurdity and miscommunication, but never with resignation. The parables and etchings articulate witty tragedies from everyday life, to form what could be described as a fragile metaphysics of the human condition.
‘We would like to conceive of this work as an autonomous world in its own right, ‘speaking’ to us in 2011 — it is with this desire in mind that we attempt to recreate Louise Bourgeois’s universe through contemporary art as well as through literature and poetry. The book proposes a new interpretation of that world, via texts and through a photographic reflection on the exhibition that revisited it. Expanding upon our desire, we have aimed to creat a lively compendium that incorporates the many different aspects and affinities of contemporary art, which can stimulate an ongoing inter-generational and inter-geographical dialogue.’ Say editors Laurie Cluitmans and Arnisa Zeqo.

The publication, includes original essays by Mieke Bal, Maria Barnas, Lytle Shaw, Robert Storr, Steven ten Thije, and the editors, and features a photographic series by Johannes Schwartz. The coherence of the volume is established by the shared subject matter and interpretative aim: to scrutinize He disappeared into complete silence microscopically and at the same time catapult it into the stars.

Publication

Laurie Cluitmans, Arnisa Zeqo, 2012

He Disappeared into Complete Silence - Dutch edition

€ 25

add to cart

Produced in New York in 1947, He Disappeared into Complete Silence signifies Louise Bourgeois’s indepence and personal growth — it reflects her departure from painting and marks her independent stylistic identity in the postwar milieu. Consisting of nine parables and nine engravings, the work creates a universe in which eternal loneliness converges with absurdity and miscommunication, but never with resignation. The parables and etchings articulate witty tragedies from everyday life, to form what could be described as a fragile metaphysics of the human condition.
‘We would like to conceive of this work as an autonomous world in its own right, ‘speaking’ to us in 2011 — it is with this desire in mind that we attempt to recreate Louise Bourgeois’s universe through contemporary art as well as through literature and poetry. The book proposes a new interpretation of that world, via texts and through a photographic reflection on the exhibition that revisited it. Expanding upon our desire, we have aimed to creat a lively compendium that incorporates the many different aspects and affinities of contemporary art, which can stimulate an ongoing inter-generational and inter-geographical dialogue.’ Say editors Laurie Cluitmans and Arnisa Zeqo.

The publication, includes original essays by Mieke Bal, Maria Barnas, Lytle Shaw, Robert Storr, Steven ten Thije, and the editors, and features a photographic series by Johannes Schwartz. The coherence of the volume is established by the shared subject matter and interpretative aim: to scrutinize He disappeared into complete silence microscopically and at the same time catapult it into the stars.
---

Curators: Laurie Cluitmans and Arnisa Zeqo
Editors: Laurie Cluitmans and Arnisa Zeqo
Texts: Robert Storr, Lytle Shaw, Maria Barnas, Arnisa Zeqo, Mieke Bal, Steven ten Thije
Graphic design: Julie Peeters with Daniel Rother and Joris Kritis
colour: monotone with colour pages with images
Supported by: De Hallen Haarlem, Dr. Marijnus Johannes van Toorn en Louise Scholten Stichting

Type
softcover
Dimensions
170 x 250 mm / 6,7 x 9,8 inch portrait
Pages
112
ISBN
978-90-78454-77-9
Editor
Laurie Cluitmans, Arnisa Zeqo
Author
Robert Storr, Lytle Shaw, Maria Barnas, Arnisa Zeqo, Mieke Bal, Steven ten Thije
Graphic
Julie Peeters with Daniel Rother and Joris Kritis
Artist
Louise Bourgeois
Language
Dutch
Binding
sewn and glued
Printer
Cassochrome, Waregem (BE)
more specs
Laurie Cluitmans, Arnisa Zeqo, 2012

He Disappeared into Complete Silence - English edition

€ 25

add to cart

Produced in New York in 1947, He Disappeared into Complete Silencesignifies Louise Bourgeois’s indepence and personal growth — it reflects her departure from painting and marks her independent stylistic identity in the postwar milieu. Consisting of nine parables and nine engravings, the work creates a universe in which eternal loneliness converges with absurdity and miscommunication, but never with resignation. The parables and etchings articulate witty tragedies from everyday life, to form what could be described as a fragile metaphysics of the human condition.
‘We would like to conceive of this work as an autonomous world in its own right, ‘speaking’ to us in 2011 — it is with this desire in mind that we attempt to recreate Louise Bourgeois’s universe through contemporary art as well as through literature and poetry. The book proposes a new interpretation of that world, via texts and through a photographic reflection on the exhibition that revisited it. Expanding upon our desire, we have aimed to creat a lively compendium that incorporates the many different aspects and affinities of contemporary art, which can stimulate an ongoing inter-generational and inter-geographical dialogue.’ Say editors Laurie Cluitmans and Arnisa Zeqo.

The publication, includes original essays by Mieke Bal, Maria Barnas, Lytle Shaw, Robert Storr, Steven ten Thije, and the editors, and features a photographic series by Johannes Schwartz. The coherence of the volume is established by the shared subject matter and interpretative aim: to scrutinize He disappeared into complete silence microscopically and at the same time catapult it into the stars.

---

Curators: Laurie Cluitmans and Arnisa Zeqo
Editors: Laurie Cluitmans and Arnisa Zeqo
Texts: Robert Storr, Lytle Shaw, Maria Barnas, Arnisa Zeqo, Mieke Bal, Steven ten Thije
Graphic design: Julie Peeters with Daniel Rother and Joris Kritis
Printer: Cassochrome, Waregem, BE
colour: monotone with colour pages with images
Supported by: De Hallen Haarlem, Dr. Marijnus Johannes van Toorn en Louise Scholten Stichting

Type
softcover
Dimensions
170 x 250 mm / 6,7 x 9,8 inch portrait
Pages
112
ISBN
978-90-78454-76-2
Editor
Laurie Cluitmans, Arnisa Zeqo
Author
Robert Storr, Lytle Shaw, Maria Barnas, Arnisa Zeqo, Mieke Bal, Steven ten Thije
Graphic
Julie Peeters with Daniel Rother and Joris Kritis
Artist
Louise Bourgeois
Language
English
Binding
sewn and glued
more specs