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Cat. No. 492/II

Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, and plate 3 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis

State/Variant:
State II of II
Date:
1997
Descriptive Title:
Feet and Face
Themes:
Body Parts, Faces & Portraits, Music
Techniques:
Drypoint, Engraving, Etching
Description:
Etching, engraving, and drypoint, with chine collé
Support:
Smooth, wove paper, with music paper chine collé
Dimensions:
plate: 11 9/16 x 11 5/8" (29.4 x 29.5 cm); sheet: 16 9/16 x 14 15/16" (42 x 38 cm)
Signature:
"Louise Bourgeois" lower right margin, pencil.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
5 known impressions of state II, outside the editions
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state II.

There are 5 known impressions of state II, outside the editions. Two known impressions do not have chine collé; one is illustrated in the Evolving Composition Diagram below. An additional impression with chine collé is in MoMA's Collection (Accession Number: 707.2008). It is not illustrated, due to its similarity to the impressions seen here.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I, in drypoint: face further articulated.
Changes from state I, in engraving: hatch marks added throughout; lines reinforced throughout.
Background:
“Metamorfosis” is a collaboration initiated by Maria Fluxà, a Spanish gallery owner and collector. Fluxà first encountered Bourgeois’s work at the 1982 MoMA retrospective and felt a particular emotional connection to the “Femme Maison.” She then began enthusiastically collecting Bourgeois’s work, which she displayed in her gallery, Lluc Fluxà, in Palma de Mallorca (Spain). Taking inspiration from Bourgeois's themes of memory, identity, and trauma, Fluxà also staged a performance at her gallery titled “Götterdämmerung” that dealt with her own upbringing.

In 1993, Fluxà met Bourgeois at the MoMA opening of a Joan Miró exhibition, introducing herself as an admirer and collector. She later visited the artist, which led to discussions about a possible collaboration between the two.

Bourgeois had a sympathetic response to Fluxà’s difficult relationship with her father, a problem she shared. After meeting over the next several years, she agreed to participate in a collaborative work that became the illustrated book entitled, "Metamorfosis." Here, Fluxà creates a fusion of words and imagery that conflates her own identity with that of the artist. Bourgeois allowed images of her work to contribute to this fusion, and also created five prints especially for the volume. The book was published by Galerie Lelong, Paris, in 1999. For a deluxe edition, the volume was accompanied by a portfolio with two additional prints, making a total of seven compositions created by Bourgeois in conjunction with this project.

In 2005, Fluxà and Dolors Caballero organized the exhibition and catalogue, "Louise Bourgeois: Repairs in the sky" at the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation, in Mallorca. In 2008, Fluxà and Caballero also organized "La Sage Femme: Louise Bourgeois," an exhibition and catalogue of Fluxà's collection of Bourgeois works, at Sala Espacio AV, in Murcia (Spain).
Curatorial Remarks:
Bourgeois worked with the printer Harlan & Weaver, New York, to develop the compositions in "Metamorfosis." The plates were then turned over to the printer Atelier Tanguy Garric, Paris, for editioning and publication by Galerie Lelong, Paris.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
708.2008
This Work in Other Collections:
Tate Modern, London

Untitled, plate 3, from the illustrated book and the portfolio, Metamorfosis
1996-1999

Source
1996

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled. 1996
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled
Ink and pencil on paper
1996

States

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, and plate 3 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1996
State I of II, variant
1996
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, and plate 3 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1996
State I of II, variant
1996
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, and plate 3 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1997
State II of II
1997
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, and plate 3 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1997
State II of II
1997
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, and plate 3 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1997
State II of II
1997
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, Metamorfosis. 1999
State II of II
1999
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1999
State II of II
1999

Illustrated Book
1999

Louise Bourgeois. Metamorfosis. 1999
Metamorfosis
1999
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Portfolio
1999

Louise Bourgeois. Metamorfosis. 1999
Metamorfosis
1999
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