I´m not a fashion victim sheep, which doesn´t mean I´m stingy. But give me some money and let me choose to spend it in a new coat or in new art supplies and books, definitely I would elect the latter.
I´m fascinated by the artist Louise Bourgeois (born 1911 in Paris, lives and works in New York) for a long time. By chance I came across a gallery exhibition in Cologne some months ago and it was so thrilling to watch her work in real. Last week I found the book "La famille" in an art-books-store and had to buy it. It collects her family-related-works and deals with her fears of failure, to not succeed as a wife, a mother and most of all as an artist. So her personal history is vastly important in the content of her work and she also has pushed many boundaries. I think the portrait picture above also exemplifies this. Her work unsettels me and intrigues me at the same time.
Art was their great love and Niki and Jean turned their love into great art. To me it´s one of the greates love romances of the last century. As the creation of art can be a lonely endeavor, these two artists were able to work together and to challenge each other with their visions. "It was like a game of ping-pong between us" said Niki about their collaboration. Isn´t that wonderful? Even after both entered into new relationships they realized a major art project like the Tuscany Tarot Garden together.
So a further book - instead of a new hat, or coat or shoes - I needed to have: Niki & Jean - L'Art et l'Amour
And an exhibition tip for tonight, just in case you live in this area. My friend Bogi and other photographers show their art works at PHOTOLOFT2 Mediapark Koeln, Gebauede 4 A+B+D+E. The opening is at 7 p.m. (19 Uhr)
But now, enough for today - back to work. Love, Friederike!