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
Smooth, wove handmade paper (3 attached sheets)
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)
panel (c): "Louise / Bourgeois" lower right comp., pencil.
panel (b): "Dizzy / spells" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
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).
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.
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.
The plate dimensions are from an impression in MoMA's Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
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