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Cat. No. 117.1

Untitled, no. 20 of 24, from the illustrated book, Hours of the Day

State/Variant:
Version 1 of 2
Date:
2006
Illustrated Book:
Hours of the Day (View All)
Author:
The artist
Themes:
Fabric Works, Music, Objects, Words
Techniques:
Digital
Description:
Digital print
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
composition (a and b): 10 3/8 x 7" (26.3 x 17.8 cm); page (a and b): 13 x 9" (33 x 22.8 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right front of cover, stitched in red thread. "Louise Bourgeois" lower center of colophon, black ink.
Publisher:
Carolina Nitsch Editions, New York, Lison Editions, New York (Louise Bourgeois)
Printer:
Dyenamix, New York
Edition:
15; plus 3 A.P., 1 P.P., and a portfolio version with an edition of 7 with 2 A.P.
Impression:
"6/15" lower center of colophon, black ink, unknown hand.
Pagination:
Pages 39 and 40 of 49.
Background:
Lison Editions is a name Bourgeois adopted when she published works herself, late in her life. "Lison" is a nickname she had as a child. The full list of her nicknames is: Lise, Lison, Lisette, Louison, Louisette.

The background of the pages is printed to resemble music paper, which Bourgeois favored for drawings and can be found in her work as far back as the early 1940s. According to her assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, she returned to music paper as a drawing surface in 1994-95, at the time of her "Insomnia Drawings" series, when she listened to music during the night.
Curatorial Remarks:
The illustrated book version of "Hours of the Day" preceded the portfolio version. The portfolio is considerably larger than the illustrated book.

The cover and each two-page spread of the illustrated book have corresponding sheets in the portfolio. However, in the spreads of the illustrated book, the compositions are divided into two sections to accommodate the gutter.

The illustrated book and portfolio were created independently using separate digital files.
Author Information:
The text comes from Bourgeois's daybooks, which she kept for each year up until the very last years of her life. She used them for appointments, and also annotated them with short texts and drawings.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
332.2009.21
This Work in Other Collections:
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Tate Modern, London

Untitled, no. 20 of 24, from the illustrated book, Hours of the Day
2006

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Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 20 of 24, from the illustrated book, Hours of the Day. 2006
Version 1 of 2
2006
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 20 of 24, from the portfolio, Hours of the Day. 2006
Version 2 of 2
2006

Illustrated Book
2006

Louise Bourgeois. Hours of the Day. 2006
Hours of the Day
2006
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Portfolio
2006

Louise Bourgeois. Hours of the Day. 2006
Hours of the Day
2006
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Louise Bourgeois,

Hours of the Day,

New York: Carolina Nitsch Editions and Lison Editions, 2006

No. 20 of 24
Back and forth
Rhythm of the clock
The planet is a clock turning and ticking
You have to get in step
with the ticking of the world
Then it is all right