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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: COMPLETE BOOKS & PRINTS

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Cat. No. 1259

This Need

Date:
2007
Themes:
Abstraction, Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Series of 3 compositions: 10 soft ground etchings, all with hand additions
Support:
See individual.
Dimensions:
Plate and sheet sizes vary. See individual.
Signature:
See individual.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
The plates included in this unique series were also issued as separate editions. The titles of the editions are listed below and can be seen in Related Works in the Catalogue:

"Accumulations"
"The Prey of an Anxiety"
"Incognito"
"The Chain of Events"
"Opening Up"
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 series of 3 compositions constitutes a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
The plate dimensions are from the impressions in MoMA's Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

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  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the series, This Need. 2007
    Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the...
    State II of III, unique variant
    2007
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the series, This Need. 2007
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, This Need. 2007
    Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the...
    Unique variant
    2007
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, This Need. 2007
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, This Need. 2007
    Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the...
    Only state, unique variant
    2007
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, This Need. 2007

Louise Bourgeois,

This Need,

New York, Osiris, 2007

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

No. 1:
I
cannot help
this need
in the morning

No. 2:
This
need
to grow
obsessive miniscules éléments
géométrique circulaire patterns
repeated indéfiniment
expresses the fear not to be

No. 3:
It
is stronger
than hunger
or thirst

French to English translations by Richard Sieburth and Françoise Gramet.
No. 1:
I
cannot help
this need
in the morning

No. 2:
This
need
to grow
obsessive miniscule elements
geometric circular patterns
repeated indefinitely
expresses the fear not to be

No. 3:
It
is stronger
than hunger
or thirst