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Annette Messager

La Femme et...

24 pages
20 x 15 cm (Italian style)
paperback, sewn
language : French
release : 2007
ISBN 978-2-916275-23-9

Playful and singular, Annette Messager’s work combines varied techniques (cutting, collage, painting, writing, embroidery) and reveals different facets of the artist: Annette Messager the collector, the cheater, the peddler, the practical woman…


In 1975, Annette Messager launched a cycle entitled “Annette Messager : the cheater” during which La Femme et… was published in Geneva by another artist, John Armleder. Mixing topics from body art to image editing, the book is composed of a series of photographs presenting the made-up female form – the female artist’s naked body – on which interior and exterior, drawing and photographs merge, accompanied by laconic captions. The cheater, notes Annette Messager, “is never idle and is never lacking material as she plays with herself and on herself.” The tone of the book is sometimes moving (“the woman and the operation”), frankly comical (“the woman and the bearded one”), or falsely tragic as in brief sketches (“the woman and death”, “the woman and fear”).

For this faithful republication, the 1975 book was reassembled with the help of the artist and a few images were added.


A numbered special edition with additional paragraph by Annette Messager is also available.

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Born in 1943, Annette Messager is one of the most famous French contemporary artists on the international scene. In 2005, she received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale. The Centre Pompidou, in Paris, also offered her a vast retrospective exhibition in 2007.