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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: COMPLETE BOOKS & PRINTS

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Cat. No. 642.2

Untitled

State/Variant:
Version 2 of 2, only state
Date:
1994
Descriptive Title:
Spiral with Heads
Themes:
Faces & Portraits, Spirals
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 7 7/8 x 8 1/4" (20 x 21 cm); sheet: 14 15/16 x 14" (38 x 35.5 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower right margin, blue ink.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known impressions of version 2, only state
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition in any version or state.

The second known impression of this state is in MoMA's Collection (Accession Number: 1271.2012). It is not illustrated, due to its similarity to the impression seen here.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 1: composition transferred to a new plate at a slightly increased scale, in drypoint.
Curatorial Remarks:
The first version of this composition was coordinated by the publisher Galerie Lelong, Paris, and was printed at Atelier Lelong, their affiliate workshop. It was being considered for an edition but was ultimately not pursued.

In 1994, the second version was made with Harlan & Weaver, New York. According to Felix Harlan, it is possible that the artist was considering this composition for inclusion in "Autobiographical Series," a portfolio based primarily on drawings from the 1940s (see Related Works in the Catalogue below). It was not published at that time either.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
642.1996

Untitled
c. 1984-1994

Source
1945

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 1945
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled
Ink on paper
1945

First Version

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. c. 1984
Version 1 of 2, only state
c. 1984

Second Version

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 1994
Version 2 of 2, only state
1994