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Cat. No. 807, unique variant 1, in 1252

Untitled, no. 3 of 5, from the series, The Vocabulary of Seduction

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2007
Series:
The Vocabulary of Seduction (View All)
Alternate Title:
La Maladie de l'Amour (Disease of Love)
Themes:
Abstraction, Body Parts, Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
panel (a): Pencil
panel (b): Soft ground etching, with hand additions
panel (c): Pencil
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
plate: 60 1/4 × 15 13/16" (153 × 40.2 cm) (dimensions reflect full plate size; this is a partial print); sheet (approx.): 59 1/2 × 54" (151.1 × 137.2 cm)
Signature:
panel (b): "LB" lower right comp., pencil.
Inscription:
panel (a): "The attraction / to / the / rejected" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
panel (c): "the / age / of / innocence" 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 6 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 other plates, it is included in Related Works in the Catalogue.

See Evolving Composition Diagram:
Untitled, no. 3 of 5, from the series, "The Vocabulary of Seduction"
"La Maladie de l'Amour"
"La Maladie de l'Amour (#2)"
"La Maladie de l'Amour (#3)"

See Related Works in the Catalogue:
Untitled, no. 2 of 5, from the series, "The Vocabulary of Seduction"
Untitled, no. 3 of 4, from the series, "What Why When Where Who and How!!"

About the “La Maladie de l’Amour” edition:
This edition is irregular in that "1/3" consists of a single impression, while “2/3” and “3/3” are diptychs. Selective wiping varies significantly throughout the edition. There is 1 known variant impression of the only state, outside the edition.
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 5 that constitute a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
The hand additions and 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 an impression in MoMA's Collection. The overall mediums and sheet dimensions for the series were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

La Maladie de l'Amour
2007-2008

States

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. La Maladie de l'Amour. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION La Maladie de l'Amour
Only state
2008
Published Louise Bourgeois. La Maladie de l'Amour. 2008
La Maladie de l'Amour
Only state
2008
Published Louise Bourgeois. La Maladie de l'Amour. 2008
La Maladie de l'Amour
Only state
2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. La Maladie de l'Amour. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION La Maladie de l'Amour
Only state
2008

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 5, from the series, The Vocabulary of Seduction. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 3 of 5, from the series, The Vocabulary of Seduction
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. La Maladie de l'Amour. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION La Maladie de l'Amour
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. La Maladie de l'Amour (#2). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION La Maladie de l'Amour (#2)
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. La Maladie de l'Amour (#3). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION La Maladie de l'Amour (#3)
Only state, unique variant
2008

Series
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Vocabulary of Seduction. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The Vocabulary of Seduction
2007
More About This Work

Louise Bourgeois,

The Vocabulary of Seduction,

New York, Osiris, 2007

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

No. 1:
the wake
of
the want

No. 2:
The chosen
or
the chooser
To deserve
or
not to deserve

No. 3:
The attraction
to
the
rejected
the
age
of
innocence

No. 4:
understanding
and intimacy

No. 5:
The
vocabulary
of
seduction.