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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: COMPLETE BOOKS & PRINTS

Louise Bourgeois: Complete Books & Prints
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Showing 15 of 1986

Cat. No. 1059

Mud Lane

State/Variant:
Only state
Date:
c. 1989
Themes:
Architecture
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 6 7/8 x 4 15/16" (17.4 x 12.5 cm); sheet: 19 5/16 x 14" (49 x 35.5 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Inscription:
"Mud Lane" upper right composition [in plate].
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of the only state
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition.
Background:
Without intending to make a printed image, Bourgeois used a copper plate that was handy on her desk to scratch out this diagram as she was describing her Staten Island house to a visitor. She asked to have an impression pulled at a later date, simply because the plate was with some others being printed at the time.
Artist’s Remarks:
This image, according to Bourgeois, "has to do with one way to approach a problem... by putting it down on a map or a grid to analyze it. It is a comforting feeling to get a grip on a subject. This is my house and plot on Staten Island."

(Bourgeois had worked for years on a house she owned there, as if it were a sculpture, not intending to live in it.) "This was a plan I had. It was a wish, but then a disappointment. Yet the possibility of a solution, by plotting it out, is better than nothing." Bourgeois explained: "The house is filled with back doors and an entrance. The problem is to try to reach the back road... to find another way to get out." Comparing it to her nest-like, labyrinthine sculptures of the 1960s, she said, "This is the beginning of a lair." (Quote cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. “The Prints of Louise Bourgeois.” New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 243.)
Former Cat. No.:
W & S B16
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
524.1993

Mud Lane
c. 1989

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Louise Bourgeois. Mud Lane. c. 1989
Only state
c. 1989