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Cat. No. 771

Look Up!

State/Variant:
Only state
Date:
2009
Themes:
Abstraction, Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Soft ground etching, with selective wiping
Support:
Textured, wove paper (2 sheets, displayed vertically and slightly overlapping at the meeting point)
Dimensions:
composition (upper): 46 5/8 × 10 3/4" (118.5 × 27.3 cm); sheet (upper): 46 5/8 × 10 3/4" (118.5 × 27.3 cm); composition (lower): 46 7/8 × 10 3/4" (119 × 27.3 cm); sheet (lower): 48 5/16 × 10 3/4" (122.8 × 27.3 cm); sheet (overall): 93 1/2 x 10 3/4" (237.5 x 27.3 cm) (when exhibited, the upper sheet slightly overlaps the lower sheet to connect the upper and lower halves of the composition)
Signature:
"LB" right lower comp., pencil.
Inscription:
Upper sheet verso: "top / (Look Up)" lower center sheet, pencil, artist's hand. Lower sheet verso: "look up! / (9/9 Bottom)" lower right sheet, pencil, artist's hand.

Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
9
Impression:
"9/9" lower left comp., pencil, artist's hand.
Edition Information:
“Look Up!” was made with 7 plates arranged vertically. The plates are numbered 1-7 according to their positions in “Look Up!” from top to bottom. Impressions of the individual plates can be seen in the Plates 1-7 row in the Evolving Composition Diagram below. The full “Look Up!” composition is seen in the States row.

In the “Look Up!” edition of 9, selective wiping and sheet size vary from impression to impression. Also, impression number “3/9” is printed on a cream paper, as opposed to the beige paper used for all other impressions in the edition. There are 2 known cancellation proofs, each with a large “X” drawn across the composition from each corner of the plate.

The unique variants and the series of installation sets “La Rivière Gentille” (1-3) use only “Look Up!” plates 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 (not 4 and 7). Some unique variants use a single plate while others use a combination. All known unique variants have hand additions and can be seen in the Unique Variants row in the Evolving Composition Diagram. The unique variants in “La Rivière Gentille” are organized separately; panels from all 3 sets are in rows according to which combination of plates is used.
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.

Osiris put together a grouping of Bourgeois's late, large-scale soft ground etchings under the title "Turning Inwards." Nine sets were announced. Each "Turning Inwards" set is unique, containing a different number of prints. Sets include editioned prints as well as early proofs. Some also have multiple impressions of the same composition, due to differences in inking and wiping.

The "Turning Inwards" sets are not considered formal series that must be shown in their entirety; the prints in each set can be displayed separately.

Set #1 of 9 contains 67 prints and is in the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Set #2 contains 43 prints and is in the collection of the Tate Modern. Set #3 contains 38 prints. Set #4 contains 39 prints. The contents of sets #5-9 were not known by MoMA cataloguers, as of 2018.

The title "Turning Inwards" is given to the overall grouping and is also the title of one of the individual compositions within it. Titles that may appear in the various "Turning Inwards" sets are as follows:

1. À Baudelaire
2. Abandoned
3. Accumulations
4. Are You in Orbit? (#1)
5. Are You in Orbit? (#2)
6. The Awakening
7. The Chain of Events
8. The Fall
9. La Famille
10. Les Fleurs
11. I See You!!!
12. Incognito
13. Just Like Me
14. Knots
15. Leaves
16. Let My Children Come
17. Look Up!
18. Losing It
19. Love and Kisses
20. La Maladie de l'Amour
21. My Inner Life
22. My Secret Life
23. The Nest
24. Opening Up
25. The Pacifiers
26. Paddle Woman
27. Passages
28. Pendule
29. The Prey of an Anxiety
30. Sangsue
31. The Smell of Eucalyptus (#1)
32. The Smell of Eucalyptus (#2)
33. The Stretch
34. Swaying
35. Swelling
36. Turning Inwards
37. The Twist
38. The Unfolding
39. Up and Up

This impression is in MoMA's set #1 of 9.
Curatorial Remarks:
The partial plate impressions seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram were each numbered by the artist on their versos. However, MoMA cataloguers renumbered the partial plates according to their positions (from top to bottom) in the full composition of the "Look Up!" edition. See the inscriptions on each partial plate impression for the artist's numbering.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
270.2011.a-b
This Work in Other Collections:
Tate Modern, London

Look Up!; La Rivière Gentille; No. 7 in Nothing to Remember (set 1)
2004-2010

Plates 1-7

Louise Bourgeois. Plate 1 of 7 from Look Up! 2005
Plate 1 of 7 from Look Up!
Only state
2005
Louise Bourgeois. Plate 2 of 7 from Look Up! 2005
Plate 2 of 7 from Look Up!
Only state
2005
Louise Bourgeois. Plate 3 of 7 from Look Up! 2005
Plate 3 of 7 from Look Up!
Only state
2005
Louise Bourgeois. Plate 4 of 7 from Look Up! 2005
Plate 4 of 7 from Look Up!
Only state
2005
Louise Bourgeois. Plate 5 of 7 from Look Up! 2005
Plate 5 of 7 from Look Up!
Only state
2005
Louise Bourgeois. Plate 6 of 7 from Look Up! 2005
Plate 6 of 7 from Look Up!
Only state
2005
Louise Bourgeois. Plate 7 of 7 from Look Up! 2005
Plate 7 of 7 from Look Up!
Only state
2005

States

Published Louise Bourgeois. Look Up! 2009
Look Up!
Only state, variant
2009
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Look Up! 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Look Up!
Only state
2009
Published Louise Bourgeois. Look Up! 2009
Look Up!
Only state
2009

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. C'est le Murmure de l'Eau Qui Chante. 2005
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION C'est le Murmure de l'Eau Qui Chante
Only state, unique variant
2005
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 7, in Nothing to Remember (set 1), from the series of folio sets (1-6). 2004-2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 7, in Nothing to Remember (set 1), from the series of folio sets (1-6)
Only state, unique variant
2004-2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. La Pousse Bleue. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION La Pousse Bleue
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Pregnant Woman. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Pregnant Woman
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Les Trois. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Les Trois
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Les Cinq. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Les Cinq
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Nous Deux. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Nous Deux
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Nous Sommes Cinq. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Nous Sommes Cinq
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Look Up!! (#1). 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Look Up!! (#1)
Only state, unique variant
2009
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Look Up!! (#2). 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Look Up!! (#2)
Only state, unique variant
2009
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Look Up!! (#3). 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Look Up!! (#3)
Only state, unique variant
2010
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Look Up!! (#4). 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Look Up!! (#4)
Only state, unique variant
2010
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Look Up!! (#5). 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Look Up!! (#5)
Only state, unique variant
2010

La Rivière Gentille pl. 5 & 6

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 2 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 6 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 6 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 12 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 12 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 23 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 23 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 8 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 8 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 12 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 12 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 21 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 21 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 35 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 35 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 27 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 27 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007

La Rivière Gentille pl. 1 & 2

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 3 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 5 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 5 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 8 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 8 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 25 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 25 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 34 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 34 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 41 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 41 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 10 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 10 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 2 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 3 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 4 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 4 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 6 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 6 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 15 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 15 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 25 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 25 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007

La Rivière Gentille pl. 2 & 3

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 10 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 10 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 29 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 29 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 33 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 33 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 40 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 40 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 22 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 22 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007

La Rivière Gentille pl. 3 & 5

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 19 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 19 of 42 in La Rivière Gentille (set 1), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 28 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 28 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007

La Rivière Gentille pl. 1, 2 & 3

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 23 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 23 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 27 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 27 of 48 in La Rivière Gentille (set 2), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 24 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 24 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007

La Rivière Gentille pl. 2, 3 & 5

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 9 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 9 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007

La Rivière Gentille pl. 3, 5 & 6

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 26 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 26 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 29 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 29 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007

La Rivière Gentille pl. 2-3, 5-6

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 23 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 23 of 30 in La Rivière Gentille (set 3), from the series of installation sets (1-3)
Only state, unique variant
2007