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Cat. No. 124/VI, variant 1

Hair

State/Variant:
State VI of XIII, variant
Date:
1999
Descriptive Title:
Red Bell Jar
Themes:
Body Parts, Figures, Objects
Techniques:
Drypoint, Other
Description:
Drypoint and blue monotype, with blue and red ink, and white gouache additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 7 15/16 x 5 5/16" (20.2 x 13.5 cm); sheet: 12 x 7 1/2" (30.5 x 19 cm)
Signature:
"LB 99" lower right margin, red ink.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known variant impressions of state VI
Impression:
"HC" lower left margin, red ink, artist's hand
Edition Information:
Proof before the editioning of state XIII.

The 4 impressions of varying states labeled "HC" in red ink, in the artist's hand, are not conventional H.C. impressions, which would be of the final state.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state V in drypoint: figure's hair further delineated and interior oval on platform floor reinforced.
Additions in blue ink: bottom staircase uprights and spindles delineated, anticipating state VIII; background areas covered with swirling strokes.
Additions in red ink: spindles at top of staircase delineated; platform base extended to bottom of plate and interior oval on platform floor reinforced, all anticipating state VIII; upper railing and bell jar-like form contours reinforced.
Additions in white gouache: platform base near bottom masked out.
Other Remarks:
According to Louise Bourgeois’s assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, the bell jar-like form in “Hair” was not done in conjunction with Bourgeois’s monumental sculptural installation for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, in 2000. In that installation, each of three huge steel towers included, within it, a small sculpture depicting a mother and child inside a bell jar. Bourgeois’s print “Do Not Abandon Me,” with similar imagery and seen here in Related Works in the Catalogue, does have a direct relationship to the Tate installation.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
829.2008

Hair
1999-2000

States

Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State I of XIII
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State II of XIII
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State III of XIII
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State IV of XIII
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State V of XIII
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State VI of XIII, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State VI of XIII, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State VII of XIII
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State VIII of XIII
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State IX of XIII
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State X of XIII
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State XI of XIII
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State XII of XIII
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State XIII of XIII, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State XIII of XIII, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 1999
State XIII of XIII, variant
1999
Published Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 2000
State XIII of XIII
2000
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 2000
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State XIII of XIII
2000
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Hair. 2000
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State XIII of XIII
2000