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Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin: Do Not Abandon Me

Do Not Abandon Me, a collaboration between Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin, consists of sixteen intimate works made between 2008 and 2010. These drawings articulate physical drives and feelings, candidly confronting themes of identity, sexuality and the fear of loss and abandonment through joint expression.

Do Not Abandon Me originated with Bourgeois, who began the works by painting male and female torsos in profile on paper, mixing red, blue and black gouache pigments with water to create delicate and fluid silhouettes. Emin overlaid Bourgeois’s forms with fantasy, drawing smaller figures that engaged with the torsos like Lilliputian lovers, enacting the body’s desires and anxieties.

Publication Details

  • Carolina Nitsch, Hauser & Wirth, 2010
  • Clothbound hardcover
  • 36.2 x 31.1 cm / 14 1/4 x 12 1/4 in
  • 42 pages, 16 colour plates
  • 978 0 9829339 0 9
  • Nov 2010
  • £150 / $220 / €190