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For French conceptual artist Annette Messager (b. 1943), words are central, and writing is akin to sewing, albeit with many pricks of the needle. Editor Bernadac's book reflects this busy metaphor. The intimate and the public, the playful and the critical are stitched together, their boundaries sometimes indistinguishable and always a little surreal. This is, of course, the point—not only of Messager's art, which has made her one of France's best-known living artists, but also of any project that sets out to archive it. Messager's oeuvre is framed here through nearly 300 mostly color illustrations and text, including 17 interviews with esteemed art historians and critics (e.g., Robert Storr, Suzanne Pagé), previously unpublished artist's notes, and more than 30 years of diverse work. Her painting, writing, collage, installations, and film turn typically "feminine" hobbies on their head, compulsively repurposing diary writing, needlework, cooking, scrapbooking, and more. Getting a sense of autonomous projects is as tricky as navigating Messager's notes. This may be a boon for both preserving Messager's cryptic allure and encouraging multiple readings of the book. For its bibliographical compendium and sheer exposure to Messager's world, this is an important resource for contemporary art collections.