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Cat. No. 1050 (multiple)

Untitled, no. 10 of 12, from the portfolio, Anatomy

State/Variant:
Multiple
Date:
1989-1990
Portfolio:
Anatomy (View All)
Alternate Title:
The Giveaway
Themes:
Fabric Works, Objects
Techniques:
Other
Description:
Multiple of garter and paper
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 11 × 8 1/2" (28 × 21.6 cm)
Signature:
"LB." right lower margin, pencil.
Publisher:
Peter Blum Edition, New York
Edition:
44; plus 10 A.P., 6 P.P., 2 SOLO Press Impressions, 2 for Peter Blum, 1 B.A.T
Impression:
"III/X" left lower margin, pencil, unknown hand.
Edition Information:
The entire edition size was not listed on the publisher's colophon or in the cataloguing of this portfolio in Wye and Smith, "The Prints of Louise Bourgeois," 1994, p. 166. The full edition seen here was confirmed by Harlan & Weaver, New York.

The 10 A.P. impressions are numbered in Roman numerals. The 6 P.P. impressions are numbered in Arabic numerals, as is the single B.A.T. impression. The 2 SOLO Press Impressions are inscribed "SPI 1" and "SPI 2." The inscriptions and numbering on the 2 impressions for Peter Blum are unknown.
Background:
In 1988 Peter Blum, as a representative of "Parkett" magazine, discussed doing a multiple with Bourgeois. He also explored with her the idea of doing a print project with Peter Blum Edition. When they began to do prints together in 1989, Blum worked with Judith Solodkin, of SOLO Impression, as supervisor of printing, since Solodkin already had a friendly relationship with Bourgeois. Since SOLO Impression did not focus on intaglio printing, Solodkin made arrangements with Harlan & Weaver. Occasionally, Bourgeois went to the SOLO Impression workshop to inspect proofs brought over from Harlan & Weaver. Initially, she had no particular project in mind and began working in drypoint directly on copper plates using a variety of images.

The title was selected after the theme of anatomy became evident in a number of images the artist created. The published portfolio has no table for plates; nor does it identify the plates by number or title. During preparations for the 1994 catalogue raisonné, however, Bourgeois arranged the plates in the order she preferred, with imagery proceeding generally from head to foot. She also assigned titles at that time.
Artist’s Remarks:
"This is a teasing piece... it shows when someone sees it: they blush... it touches a nerve. The question is, what does this garter mean to you?

"I like the teasing position. I am not the mouse... I am the cat!" (Quotes cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. "The Prints of Louise Bourgeois." New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 173)
Installation Remarks:
The prints in this portfolio can be shown as a group or individually. There is no required sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
This multiple was fabricated by Rebecca Lax at SOLO Impression, New York. Garters were ordered from a manufacturer to match the artist's example, then mounted.
Former Cat. No.:
W & S 106
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
172.1990.10
This Work in Other Collections:
Centro Cultural / Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City
Des Moines Art Center, Iowa
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, The New York Public Library
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Untitled, no. 10 of 12, from the portfolio, Anatomy
1989-1990

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Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 10 of 12, from the portfolio, Anatomy. 1989-1990
Multiple
1989-1990

Portfolio
1989-1990

Louise Bourgeois. Anatomy. 1989-1990
Anatomy
1989-1990
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