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Cat. No. 765, unique variant 1

Extreme Tension

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2006
Themes:
Body Parts
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
panel (a): Soft ground etching, with red watercolor additions
panel (b): Pencil
panel (c): Soft ground etching, with red watercolor additions
Support:
Paper (3 attached sheets)
Dimensions:
plate (a and c) (each): 59 3/4 × 14 3/8" (151.8 × 36.5 cm); sheet: 59 1/2 × 63 1/2" (151.1 × 161.3 cm)
Signature:
panel (a): "Louise Bourgeois" lower center comp., pencil.
panel (b): "Louise Bourgeois" lower center sheet, pencil.
panel (c): "Louise Bourgeois" lower center comp., pencil.
Inscription:
panel (b): "extreme tension / extreme tension / extreme tension / extreme / tension." lower center comp., pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
This is one of 5 unique variants that incorporate this plate, printed alone or in combination with other plates in multi-panel works. When the plate is printed alone, the work is included in the Evolving Composition Diagram. When it is printed with other plates, it is included in Related Works in the Catalogue.

See Evolving Composition Diagram:
"Extreme Tension"
Untitled, no. 1 of 11, from the series, "Extreme Tension"
"Ce N'est Pas Ta Faute"

See Related Works in the Catalogue:
"Don't Swallow Me!"
"À Qui la Faute"

"Extreme Tension" 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:
The paper type could not be fully documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from the impression in MoMA’s Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

Extreme Tension
2006-2008

States

Louise Bourgeois. Extreme Tension. 2006
Extreme Tension
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. Untitled, no. 1 of 11, from the series, Extreme Tension. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 1 of 11, from the series, Extreme Tension
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Ce N'est Pas Ta Faute. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Ce N'est Pas Ta Faute
Only state, unique variant
2008

Series
2007

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