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Cat. No. 495/V

Untitled, plate 6 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis

State/Variant:
State V of VII
Date:
1997
Descriptive Title:
Couple in a Bed
Themes:
Architecture, Body Parts, Figures, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint, Etching
Description:
Drypoint and etching
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 11 3/4 x 11 3/4" (29.8 x 29.8 cm); sheet: 18 3/4 x 17 11/16" (47.7 x 45 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
1 known impression of state V
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state VII.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state IV, in drypoint: woman’s right arm reconfigured; man’s right arm reconfigured.
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.
Other Remarks:
According to the artist's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, the beds seen throughout "Metamorfosis" stem not only from their symbolic resonance for Bourgeois but also from her interest in their geometric and architectural forms. The bed motif is found in Bourgeois's drawings, sculptures, and installations, as well as in her prints (see Related Works in Other Mediums).
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
726.2008
This Work in Other Collections:
Tate Modern, London

Untitled, plate 6 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis
1997-1999

States

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 6 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1997
State I of VII, variant
1997
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 6 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1997
State I of VII, variant
1997
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 6 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1997
State II of VII
1997
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 6 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1997
State III of VII
1997
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 6 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1997
State IV of VII
1997
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 6 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1997
State V of VII
1997
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 6 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1997
State VI of VII
1997
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 6 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1997
State VII of VII
1997
Published Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 6 of 7, from the portfolio, Metamorfosis. 1999
State VII of VII
1999

Portfolio
1999

Louise Bourgeois. Metamorfosis. 1999
Metamorfosis
1999
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