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In early 2004, The Fruitmarket Gallery was proud to present Stitches in Time, a major exhibition of work by Louise Bourgeois, one of the greatest and most influential artists of our time. The exhibition was curated by Frances Morris, Head of Collections (International Art) at Tate Modern, who went on to curate the major retrospective of Bourgeois’s work at Tate Modern in 2007. Now, almost exactly ten years after first showing the work of this extraordinary artist to audiences in Edinburgh, The Fruitmarket Gallery is delighted to be able to present a new exhibition, again curated by Frances Morris, of Bourgeois’s works on paper.
Central to the exhibition are Bourgeois’s Insomnia Drawings, a remarkable suite of 220 drawings and writings made between 1994 and June 1995 specifically to combat the insomnia which Bourgeois once described as regulating her life. Created in the suspended state between sleeping and waking, The Insomnia Drawings contain all the major themes of Bourgeois’s work and reveal the close link between drawing and writing that is such a key part of her practice.
The Insomnia Drawings, generously lent to The Fruitmarket Gallery by the Daros Collection in Switzerland, are complemented and extended by works on paper selected by Frances Morris from the Louise Bourgeois Trust. Focusing on drawing and writing, the exhibition cuts to the heart of the artist’s work, providing both a key to and a celebration of her unique creative energy.
This exhibition complements a major ARTIST ROOMS exhibition of work by Louise Bourgeois on display at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – Louise Bourgeois: ‘A Woman Without Secrets’, Modern One, 26 October 2013 – 18 May 2014.