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Cat. No. 597, variant 2

Reaching

State/Variant:
Only state, variant
Date:
1989
Themes:
Abstraction
Techniques:
Lithography
Description:
Lithograph, with selective wiping
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 17 3/4 x 12" (45.1 x 30.5 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
SOLO Impression, New York
Edition:
8 known impressions of the only state
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition.
Background:
In the early stages of their working relationship, printer and publisher Judith Solodkin of SOLO Impression, New York, brought Bourgeois two stones covered in black ink, with the hopes of encouraging her to work in lithography. Bourgeois worked on only one stone for this print.
Artist’s Remarks:
"These shapes 'have managed a little bit of reaching power. Instead of destroying themselves by strangling, or by wanting too much, they have reached over. It is very sweet. It is wishful thinking... it is a morning wish.'" (Quote cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. "The Prints of Louise Bourgeois." New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 159.)

About the source drawing, 1968: "This is the toi and the moi. You see, the spirals seem to be isolated. They exist only through the fact that they are reaching." (Quote cited in Bourgeois, Louise and Lawrence Rinder. "Louise Bourgeois Drawings and Observations." Berkeley: University Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive University of California, Berkeley; Boston: Bulfinch Press, 1995, p. 130.)
Curatorial Remarks:
The paper type could not be determined because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The sheet size was provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio. The Studio also noted that this work is on a sheet that has been folded once.

Reaching
1989

Source
1968

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 1968
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled
Gouache on paper
1968

States

Louise Bourgeois. Reaching. 1989
Only state
1989
Louise Bourgeois. Reaching. 1989
Only state, variant
1989
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Reaching. 1989
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Only state, variant
1989