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Cat. No. 818, unique variant 2, in 832

Untitled, plate 9 of 9, from the illustrated book, Differentiate

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2007
Illustrated Book:
Differentiate (View All)
Alternate Title:
The Prey of an Anxiety
Themes:
Abstraction
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Soft ground etching
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
plate: 59 7/16 × 19 3/4" (151 × 50.1 cm); page (each): 59 1/8 × 19 13/16" (150.1 × 50.4 cm)
Signature:
"LB" lower left sheet verso of cover, stitched in black thread.
Inscription:
"I am / defined by / what is not. / I am not white / I am not black / neither red nor / blue nor green / nor yellow / neither grape / nor pear / I am a mirror / I am there / I am there / I am not there / You want to know / I am only your image" center page, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
This is one of 7 unique variants outside the edition to incorporate this plate, printed alone or in combination with other plates in multi-panel works. 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:
"The Prey of an Anxiety"
Untitled, plate 9 of 9, from the illustrated book, "Differentiate"

See Related Works in the Catalogue:
"You Are Heading For It"
"Dizzy Spells"
Untitled, no. 1 of 4, from the series, "Inner Truths or Outer Truths"
Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, "This Need"
"Euphoria"

About the "The Prey of an Anxiety" edition:
Within the edition, there are slight variations in sheet size. There is 1 known impression of the only state, outside the edition. It is inscribed "first proof" in the lower left margin by the artist and signed "Louise Bourgeois" in the lower right margin, both in pencil. There are 2 known cancellation proofs, each with a large "X" drawn across the composition from each corner of the plate.
Pagination:
Pages 22 and 23 of 26.
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:
The pagination of this illustrated book was determined by the Louise Bourgeois Studio and the publisher.

The paper type could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from the impression in MoMA's Collection. The dimensions of the book were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

The Prey of an Anxiety
2006-2007

States

Published Louise Bourgeois. The Prey of an Anxiety. 2007
The Prey of an Anxiety
Only state
2007

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Prey of an Anxiety. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The Prey of an Anxiety
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 9 of 9, from the illustrated book, Differentiate. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, plate 9 of 9, from the illustrated book, Differentiate
Only state, unique variant
2007

Illustrated Book
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Differentiate. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Differentiate
2007
More About This Work

Louise Bourgeois,

Differentiate,

New York, Osiris, 2007

Bourgeois's entire text for this volume appears on the pages cited below.

Page 3:

Differentiate

Pages 6-7:

Differentiate the advantage of attacking or withdrawing

Differentiate the forbidden and the hidden

Page 10:

The Tightening Agony withstanding anything today to insure the future hanging in there

Pages 12-13:

Murder or suicide

Sadist or masochist

Pages 16-17:

The ransom of a secret

The talker who is secretive

Page 19:

Le droit or le devoir

Page 20:

I want to be loved for myself. Incognito

Page 23:

I am defined by what is not. I am not white I am not black neither red nor blue nor green nor yellow neither grape nor pear I am a mirror I am there I am there I am not there You want to know I am only your image

Page 25:

a book by Louise Bourgeois!!