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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: COMPLETE BOOKS & PRINTS

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Cat. No. 827

Untitled

State/Variant:
Only state
Date:
2008
Themes:
Abstraction
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Soft ground etching
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 60 1/4 x 13 7/8" (153.1 x 35.3 cm); sheet: 60 7/8 x 15 3/16" (154.7 x 38.5 cm)
Signature:
"Louise Bourgeois" lower right comp., pencil.
Inscription:
"first Proof" lower left comp., pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
1 known impression of the only state
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
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:
This unpublished composition was made with Benjamin Shiff, the director of the Osiris imprint. Shiff 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.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
993.2011
This Work in Other Collections:
Tate Modern, London

Untitled
2008

States

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 2008
Only state
2008