9781933045351

Annette Messager: Word for Word

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    1933045353

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-12-16
  • Publisher: Les Presses Du Reel
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Summary

Texts and words are of crucial importance to Annette Messager's work--for her, "words are images." And so words--at once autonomous from, parallel to, and the sources of her visual creativity--are woven throughout her production. She has looked directly at our diverse relationships to language in forms ranging from the early scrapbooks of the 1970s to the large sculpted words of the late 1990s, and others including personal diaries, letters, calligraphy, alphabets and primers. She works with the repeated, drawn, framed and sculpted word; newsprint, collage and montage of texts and photographs; and handwritten texts. Plays on words and palindromes turn up in her exhibition titles and, more recently, in her children's books. All of these uses of language stem as much from Dada and Surrealism as from the aesthetics of the banal and the everyday, and they give rise to unclassifiable texts, which call somewhere between a literature of the news item or photo-essay and poetic maxims for personal use. Messager's frequent recourse to copying down and to repetition then serves as a kind of exorcism: in those cases, writing is something like sewing, with a soothing function. The first section of Word for Wordfocuses on writing in Annette Messager's artworks. The second includes numerous texts published in magazines or catalogues, as well as unpublished notes on her work and personal reflections on art and life. All of her interviews from 1974 to the present are also included.

Table of Contents

Foreword 8(1)
Marie-Laure Bernadac
Writing: A User's Manual 9(13)
Marie-Laure Bernadac
Annette Messager Artist
The Boarders
22(10)
Annette Messager Collector Collection Albums, 1971--73
The Marriage of Miss Annette Messager
32(6)
Children with Their Eyes Scratched Out/My Child's Drawings
38(6)
Everything about My Child
44(14)
My Needlework
58(4)
The Approaches
62(4)
The Men I Love
66(6)
The Men I Don't Love
72(6)
The Men I Love, The Men I Don't Love
78(4)
My Cookbook
82(6)
My Daily Expenses over the Course of a Month
88(6)
My Handwritten Envelopes
94(6)
Collection to Find My Best Signature
100(4)
Means of Protection
104(4)
Annette Messager over 9 Months
108(2)
Terms Used for Women
110(4)
Job Applications
114(4)
My Evidence Snapshots
118(2)
My Illustrated Life
120(6)
My Knitting Manual
126(6)
My Collection of Good Mushrooms and Deadly Mushrooms
132(4)
Instruments and Material for Changing and Protecting My Face
136(4)
Handbook of Everyday Magic during the Month of May 1973
140(10)
Collection of Philosophical Exercises
150(4)
Next Week
154(4)
My Idol Claude Francois
158(8)
The Books that Make Me Tremble
166(2)
My Mailings
168(6)
My Comics
174(6)
Annette Messager Trickster
Annette Messager Tinkerer
Annette Messager Practical Woman
The Wonderful Adventure of the First 2 Years of Life
180(4)
My Hand Games
184(8)
My Practical Life
192(24)
My Do-It-Yourself Projects
216(8)
When I Do Work like Men Do
224(10)
My Collection of Proverbs
234(6)
Anatomical Sentences
240(4)
Letter Forms and Texts
My Illuminations
244(4)
Omens
248(2)
Summer Tales
250(4)
Words--Drawings Drawings of Words
List of Words
254(2)
You/My Trophies
256(10)
My Handiworks
266(14)
My Little Effigies
280(6)
Lines of the Hand
286(2)
My Vows
288(6)
History of Dresses
294(8)
Mommy
302(4)
Cartographies
The Garden of Tenderness
306(4)
Witches' Circles
310(2)
My Map of the Country of Tenderness
312(1)
The Garden of Tenderness and Cruelty
313(1)
Annette Messager's Road Map
314(3)
Annette Messager's Digestive Romance
317(1)
Digestive Dishtowel
318(2)
Maps of France
320(2)
Sewn Words
Dependence--Independence
322(4)
Pleasure Displeasure
326(2)
Protection
328(1)
Rumor
329(1)
Ciineeemaa
330(2)
Art Rat
332(2)
Vanitas
334(1)
Strike Picket
335(1)
Doubt
336(2)
Computer Writings
Happy
338(2)
Utopia
340(2)
I am Forgetting too Much
342(1)
Christian
343(3)
Tick-Tock
346(2)
Casino
348(6)
Artist's Notes 1971--2005
Texts 1971--2005
354(26)
Diverse Notes 2000-05
380(4)
Interviews 1974--2005
Harald Szeemann, 1974
384(3)
Aline Dallie, 1975
387(2)
Keto von Waberer, 1981
389(2)
Suzanne Page, 1984
391(3)
Bernard Marcade, 1984
394(3)
Bernard Marcade, 1989
397(10)
Robert Storr, 1995
407(9)
Jean-Louis Froment, 1996
416(3)
Denis Angus, 1996
419(3)
Annick Colonna-Cesari, 1998
422(4)
Claude Closky, 2001
426(2)
Jerome Clement, 2002
428(7)
Marie-Laure Bernadac, 2002
435(4)
Elisabeth Lebovici, 2004
439(3)
Suzanne Page and Beatrice Parent, 2005
442(5)
Hans Ulrich Obrist, 2005
447(3)
Frederic Bonnet, 2005
450(5)
Appendix
Exhibitions 455(3)
Bibliography 458(1)
Filmography 459(1)
Acknowledgements 460

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