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Cat. No. 757, unique variant 2, in 918

Untitled, no. 4 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen?

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2007
Series:
When Did This Happen? (View All)
Alternate Title:
Abandoned
Themes:
Abstraction, Body Parts
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
panel (a): Pencil
panel (b): Soft ground etching, with hand additions
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
plate: 60 3/8 × 19 7/8" (153.4 × 50.5 cm); sheet: 59 7/8 × 52" (152.1 × 132.1 cm)
Signature:
panel (b): "LB" lower right comp., pencil.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
This 2 panel work is one of 2 unique variants made from the plate used in the edition "Abandoned," seen below in the Evolving Composition Diagram. Both unique variants include extensive hand additions and are listed below:

Untitled, plate 9 of 11, from the series, "Extreme Tension"
Untitled, no. 4 of 5, from the series, "When Did This Happen?"
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.
Installation Remarks:
This panel is one of 5 which constitute a single work of art. All of these panels are to be exhibited together and in the indicated sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
The type of paper could not be documented because this impression is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from the impression on paper in MoMA’s Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

Abandoned
2007

States

Published Louise Bourgeois. Abandoned. 2007
Abandoned
Only state, variant
2007
Published Louise Bourgeois. Abandoned. 2007
Abandoned
Only state
2007

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 9 of 11, from the series, Extreme Tension. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 9 of 11, from the series, Extreme Tension
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 4 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen? 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 4 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen?
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
More About This Work

Series
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. When Did This Happen? 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION When Did This Happen?
2007
More About This Work

Louise Bourgeois,

When Did This Happen?,

New York, Osiris, 2007

Bourgeois's entire text for this series appears on the panels cited below.

No. 1:
Struck by utter
Revulsion
(I do nothing)
paralyzed.
immobilized by the horror

No. 2:
thunder struck
Freeze on the spot
go totally vague

No. 3:
when did this happen?
when I saw them coupling
separate the two snails
my memory is moth eaten
full of holes

No. 4:
something atrocious must have
happened that I don't
understand
and makes me masochistic

No. 5:
when terror pounces
grips me
I create an image