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Cat. No. 690, unique variant 1, in 1260

Untitled, no. 2 of 2, from the series, What Hurts

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2007
Series:
What Hurts (View All)
Themes:
Abstraction, Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
panel (a): Pencil
panel (b): Soft ground etching, with red and blue gouache and waterolor, and pencil additions
panel (c): Soft ground etching, with red gouache and watercolor additions
panel (d): Pencil
Support:
Smooth, wove handmade paper (4 attached sheets)
Dimensions:
plate (b and c) (in 2 vertical parts) (overall) (each): 58 7/8 × 35 9/16" (149.5 × 90.3 cm); sheet: 59 5/8 × 132 1/4" (151.4 × 335.9 cm)
Signature:
panel (c): "LB" right lower sheet, pencil.
panel (d): "LB" right lower sheet, pencil.
Inscription:
panel (a): "Distrust / tears / anger / withdrawl" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
panel (d): "Cry / Baby / The wounded lion" 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 11 unique variants outside the edition to incorporate this plate, printed alone or in combination with other plates in multi-panel works. These all 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, no. 2 of 2, from the series, "What Hurts"
“The Unfolding”
“The Unfolding (#2)”
“The Unfolding (#3)”
“The Unfolding (#4)”
Untitled, no. 5 of 6, from the series, "I Give Everything Away”

See Related Works in the Catalogue:
“À Baudelaire (#1)”
"Love Is As Big As the Sky"
Untitled, no. 3 of 4, from the series, "Have a Little Courage"
“À Baudelaire (#9): The Impossible”
“The Geometry of Desire (#1)”

About the "The Unfolding" edition:
Within the edition, selective wiping is consistent from impression to impression. Three impressions (2/9, 3/9, and 4/9) have proofing of the "À Baudelaire" plate on the verso.
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 3 that constitute a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
The plate dimensions are from the impression in MoMA's Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

The Unfolding
2007-2010

States

Published Louise Bourgeois. The Unfolding. 2007
The Unfolding
Only state
2007

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 2, from the series, What Hurts. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 2 of 2, from the series, What Hurts
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Unfolding. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The Unfolding
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Unfolding (#2). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The Unfolding (#2)
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Unfolding (#3). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The Unfolding (#3)
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Unfolding (#4). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The Unfolding (#4)
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 5 of 6, from the series, I Give Everything Away. 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 5 of 6, from the series, I Give Everything Away
Only state, unique variant
2010

Series
2007

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

Illustrated Book
2010

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. I Give Everything Away. 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION I Give Everything Away
2010
More About This Work

Louise Bourgeois,

What Hurts,

New York, Osiris, 2007

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

No. 1:
to be hurt
or
the fear to be hurt

what hurts?
to be abandonned [sic]
to be criticized
to be attacked
to be asked too much
to be used
to be refused

to be found out
to fail
to be discouraged
to be ignored
to be laughed at

No. 2:
Distrust
tears
anger
withdrawl

Cry
Baby
The wounded lion