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Cat. No. 545.2

Unaware and Aware

State/Variant:
Version 2 of 2, only state
Date:
1997-2003
Themes:
Body Parts, Faces & Portraits, Figures
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Soft ground etching, with black conté additions
Support:
Arches paper, mounted on Dieu Donné paper
Dimensions:
plate (trimmed; approx.): 23 11/16 × 17 5/8" (60.2 × 44.8 cm); mount: 35 1/16 × 24 1/8" (89.1 × 61.3 cm)
Signature:
"Louise Bourgeois" lower right margin, pencil.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
3; plus an edition of 3 with red hand additions, and an edition of 7 with multicolor hand additions, and an illustrated book edition of 12
Impression:
"2/3" lower left margin, pencil, artist's hand.
Edition Information:
This composition was issued as a published edition once at version 1, state VI, and four times at version 2, only state.

In the edition of 7 impressions of version 2 with hand additions, each is designated by the artist as a "study." (Usually in this catalogue, the term “study” describes photocopies and tracings that were used in the process of developing a composition.)

The second and third editions of version 2 were printed in black and red ink, respectively. Each was an edition of 3 impressions and include subtle hand additions.

Also, a separate edition of this composition was published in an illustrated book titled, "One's Sleep." The illustrated book includes 18 plates with hand additions, in all. (See Evolving Composition Diagram.)
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from version 1: composition mirrored, enlarged, and partially transferred to a new plate, in soft ground etching.
Background:
Bourgeois first took up this subject as a print in honor of the birth of Peter Blum's daughter, Anna, in 1990. Peter Blum was a publisher of Bourgeois's prints and also an art dealer who showed her work at his gallery. The artist gave an inscribed impression of version 1, state VI to the Blum family as a gift. The Blums reproduced the impression on Anna's birth annoucement, a card measuring 7 3/4 x 5 1/2" closed.

Version 1, state VI (without chine collé) was published in 1994 to benefit The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Curatorial Remarks:
The sheet for this composition has been trimmed down to the plate mark and mounted on a board.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
706.2006

Self Portrait and Unaware and Aware
1990-2003

Source
recto: 1940

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (recto). recto: 1940
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled (recto)
Oil and pencil on board
recto: 1940

Source
1940

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 1940
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled
Pencil on paper
1940

First Version

Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state I of VI
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state I of VI, variant
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state II of VI
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state II of VI, variant
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state II of VI, variant
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state II of VI, variant
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state II of VI, variant
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state II of VI, variant
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state II of VI, variant
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state III of VI
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state III of VI, variant
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state III of VI, variant
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state IV of VI
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state V of VI, variant
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state V of VI, variant
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state V of VI, variant
1990
Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state VI of VI
1990
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1990
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state VI of VI
1990
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Self Portrait. 1994
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Self Portrait
Version 1 of 2, state VI of VI
1994

Second Version

Published Louise Bourgeois. Unaware and Aware. 1997-2003
Unaware and Aware
Version 2 of 2, only state
1997-2003
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Unaware and Aware. 1997-2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Unaware and Aware
Version 2 of 2, only state
1997-2003
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Unaware and Aware. 1997-2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Unaware and Aware
Version 2 of 2, only state
1997-2003
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Unaware and Aware. 1997-2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Unaware and Aware
Version 2 of 2, only state
1997-2003
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Unaware and Aware. 1997-2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Unaware and Aware
Version 2 of 2, only state
1997-2003
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Unaware and Aware. 1997-2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Unaware and Aware
Version 2 of 2, only state
1997-2003
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Unaware and Aware. 1997-2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Unaware and Aware
Version 2 of 2, only state
1997-2003
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Unaware and Aware. 1997-2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Unaware and Aware
Version 2 of 2, only state
1997-2003
Published Louise Bourgeois. Unaware and Aware. 1997-2003
Unaware and Aware
Version 2 of 2, only state
1997-2003
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Unaware and Aware, plate 11 of 18, from the illustrated book, One's Sleep (1). 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Unaware and Aware, plate 11 of 18, from the illustrated book, One's Sleep (1)
Version 2 of 2, only state
2003
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Unaware and Aware, plate 11 of 18, from the illustrated book, One's Sleep (3). 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Unaware and Aware, plate 11 of 18, from the illustrated book, One's Sleep (3)
Version 2 of 2, only state
2003

Illustrated Book
2003

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. One's Sleep. 2003
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION One's Sleep
2003
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