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Cat. No. 2/II, variant 2

Hairy Spider

State/Variant:
State II of II, variant
Date:
2001
Themes:
Music, Spiders
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Drypoint, with pink chine collé, and red and black ink, and pencil additions
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 11 7/8 x 9 15/16" (30.2 x 25.2 cm); sheet: 21 x 18" (53.3 x 45.7 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower margin, red ink.
Inscription:
Verso: "Do I have to dance upside down naked to get one of these? / Pouran / Oct 28, 2001" lower left to center sheet, red ink over pencil, Pouran Esrafily's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
2 known variant impressions of state II, outside the editions on paper and fabric
Impression:
Not numbered
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state I in drypoint: hair added.
Background:
Bourgeois made drawings on music paper as early as the 1940s. According to her assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, she began to use it again at the time of her "Insomnia Drawings" series in 1994-1995. Listening to music at night led her back to music paper.

Gorovoy also pointed out that the "Pouran" in the inscription on the verso refers to Pouran Esrafily who made films on Bourgeois's life and work, and also presided for many years over the Sunday Salons held by the artist at her home.
Artist’s Remarks:
Inscribed on the verso of the source drawing: "Spider doll in blue / hairy legs Spider / The obese Spider from Haiti"
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
1477.2008
This Work in Other Collections:
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Hairy Spider
2001

Source
2001

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Hairy Spider. 2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Hairy Spider
Ink on paper
2001

Studies

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Study for Hairy Spider). 2001
Study
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Study for Hairy Spider). 2001
Study
2001

States

Louise Bourgeois. Hairy Spider. 2001
State I of II
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Hairy Spider. 2001
State II of II, variant
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Hairy Spider. 2001
State II of II, variant
2001
Published Louise Bourgeois. Hairy Spider. 2001
State II of II
2001
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Hairy Spider. 2001
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State II of II
2001