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Cat. No. 748, unique variant 4, in 1258

Untitled, no. 1 of 4, from the series, Have a Little Courage

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2009
Series:
Have a Little Courage (View All)
Alternate Title:
Opening Up
Themes:
Abstraction, Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
panel (a): Soft ground etchings, with red, white, and blue watercolor and gouache, and pencil additions
panel (b): Pencil
panel (c): Soft ground etchings, with red and white gouache, and pencil additions
Support:
Smooth, wove handmade paper (3 attached sheets)
Dimensions:
plate (each): 55 1/2 × 14 3/4" (141 × 37.5 cm); sheet: 60 × 100 3/4" (152.4 × 255.9 cm) (dimensions reflect full plate size; these are partial prints)
Signature:
panel (c): "Louise / Bourgeois" lower right comp., pencil.
Inscription:
panel (b): "Dizzy / spells" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
This is one of 10 unique variants outside the edition to incorporate this plate, printed alone or in combination with other plates in multi-panel works. Most include extensive hand additions and sometimes partial inking of the plate. When the plate is used alone, the work is included in the Evolving Composition Diagram. When it is printed with other plates, it is included in Related Works in the Catalogue.

See Evolving Composition Diagram:
Untitled, plate 4 of 9, from the illustrated book, "Differentiate"
Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, "This Need"
"Elle"
Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, "Jalouse"
Untitled, no. 1 of 4, from the series, "Have a Little Courage"
"Les Matins Se Lèvent"
Untitled, no. 6 of 6, from the series, "I Give Everything Away"

See Related Works in the Catalogue:
"A Stretch of Time"
"The Geometry of Pleasure (#2)"
Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, "Jalouse"

About the "Opening Up" edition:
Within the edition, selective wiping varies from impression to impression. There is 1 known variant impression of the only state, outside the edition.
State Changes and Additions:
Matrices:
Plate partially inked and printed five times, twice on panel (a) and thrice on panel (c).
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 composition is one of 4 that constitute a single work of art. All of the compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
The plate dimensions are from an impression in MoMA's Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

Opening Up
2007-2010

States

Louise Bourgeois. Opening Up. 2008
Opening Up
Only state, variant
2008
Published Louise Bourgeois. Opening Up. 2008
Opening Up
Only state
2008

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 4 of 9, from the illustrated book, Differentiate. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, plate 4 of 9, from the illustrated book, Differentiate
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, This Need. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, This Need
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Elle. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Elle
Only state, unique variant
2009
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 4, from the series, Have a Little Courage. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 1 of 4, from the series, Have a Little Courage
Only state, unique variant
2009
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, Jalouse. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, Jalouse
Unique variant
2009
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 6 of 6, from the series, I Give Everything Away. 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 6 of 6, from the series, I Give Everything Away
Only state, unique variant
2010
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Les Matins Se Lèvent. 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Les Matins Se Lèvent
Only state, unique variant
2010

Illustrated Book
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Differentiate. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Differentiate
2007
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Series
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. This Need. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION This Need
2007
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Series
2009

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Have a Little Courage. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Have a Little Courage
2009
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Series
2009

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Jalouse. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Jalouse
2009
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Series
2010

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. I Give Everything Away. 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION I Give Everything Away
2010
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Louise Bourgeois,

Have a Little Courage,

New York, Osiris, 2009

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

No. 1:
Dizzy
Spells
étourdi

No. 2:
Beheaded
jilted
unprotected

slipped
and
could not get up.

No. 3:
when fear
becomes conscious

No. 4:
Watch out
and
have a little
Courage