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Cat. No. 773, unique variant 2

Extreme Tension!!

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2006
Alternate Title:
Slipping Away
Themes:
Body Parts
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
panel (a): Soft ground etching, with red watercolor additions (see Curatorial Remarks)
panel (b): Pencil and white watercolor
panel (c): Soft ground etching, with red watercolor additions
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 54 1/2 × 41" (138.4 × 104.1 cm)
Signature:
panel (c): "LB" lower right comp., pencil.
Inscription:
panel (b): "Extreme / tension!!" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
This is one of 4 unique variants that incorporate this plate, printed alone or in combination with another plate in a multi-panel work. When the plate is used alone, the work is included in the Evolving Composition Diagram. When it is printed with another plate, it is included in Related Works in the Catalogue.

See Evolving Composition Diagram:
"Extreme Tension!!!"
"Extreme Tension!!"
Untitled, no. 6 of 11, from the series, "Extreme Tension"

See Related Works in the Catalogue:
"À Qui La Faute"

"Slipping Away" was not issued as a published edition. There are 2 known cancellation proofs, each with a large "X" drawn across the composition from each corner of the plate.
Background:
Benjamin Shiff, the director of the Osiris imprint, collaborated with Bourgeois in a highly experimental phase of printmaking that occupied the last years of her life, from 2005 to 2010. He first established a working relationship with the artist in the 1990s, but the late period is particularly noteworthy for the innovative and complex large-scale projects that evolved at that time. Shiff made use of professional workshops for printing, but he oversaw the creation of the printing plates as Bourgeois worked on them in her home studio. He also provided assistance as she added extensive hand additions and texts, and as she combined individual compositions into multi-panel works and illustrated books.
Curatorial Remarks:
In this unique variant, the impression was cut in half to separate the arms into two panels.

Slipping Away
2006-2007

States

Published Louise Bourgeois. Slipping Away. 2006
Slipping Away
Only state
2006

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Extreme Tension!!! 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Extreme Tension!!!
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Extreme Tension!! 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Extreme Tension!!
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 6 of 11, from the series, Extreme Tension. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 6 of 11, from the series, Extreme Tension
Only state, unique variant
2007

Series
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Extreme Tension. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Extreme Tension
2007
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