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Cat. No. 1211, variant 2

Tourbillon

State/Variant:
Only state, variant
Date:
2007
Descriptive Title:
English translation: "Whirlpool"
Themes:
Abstraction, Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Soft ground etching, with selective wiping
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate (in 2 vertical parts) (overall): 59 13/16 × 33 11/16" (152 × 85.6 cm); sheet: 59 13/16 x 34" (152 x 86.3 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
2 known variant impressions of the only state, outside the unique variants
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition.

Aside from the 2 variant impressions of the only state, there are 4 unique variants, 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:
"Printemps"
"Tourbillon (#1)"
Untitled, no. 3 of 4, from the series, "Start Something!!"

See Related Works in the Catalogue:
"Love Is As Big As the Sky"
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 the center of this composition, there is a small gap between the two vertical parts of the plate. The gap is filled with pencil and black watercolor wash additions to match the surrounding plate tone and create the illusion of a single plate.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
104.2012
This Work in Other Collections:
Tate Modern, London

Tourbillon
2007-2008

States

Louise Bourgeois. Tourbillon. 2007
Tourbillon
Only state, variant
2007
Louise Bourgeois. Tourbillon. 2007
Tourbillon
Only state, variant
2007

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Printemps. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Printemps
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 4, from the series, Start Something!! 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 3 of 4, from the series, Start Something!!
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Tourbillon (#1). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Tourbillon (#1)
Only state, unique variant
2008

Series
2008

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Start Something!! 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Start Something!!
2008
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