"He Disappeared Into Complete Silence"

There were a lot of remarkable pieces in the Louise Bourgeois exhibit at the Hirshorn but I was struck in particular by the etchings series, "He Disappeared Into Complete Silence." This is from plate one: “Once there was a girl, and she loved a man. They had a date next to the eighth street station of the sixth avenue subway. She had put on her good clothes and a new hat. Somehow he could not come. So the purpose of this picture is to show how beautiful she was. I really mean that she was beautiful.”

It was a sad series (I read in the catalog later that Bourgeois had meant for the etchings to document her sinking into a deep depression), but that first piece made me erupt into giggles.

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