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Cat. No. 745, variant

I See You!!!

State/Variant:
Only state, variant
Date:
2007
Themes:
Body Parts, Figures
Description:
Soft ground etching, with red gouache spotting
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 55 1/2 x 21 5/8" (141 x 55 cm); sheet: 59 1/4 x 25 7/8" (150.5 x 65.7 cm)
Signature:
"Louise / Bourgeois" lower right margin, pencil.
Inscription:
"première preuve" lower left comp, pencil, artist's hand; "I see you!!!" lower center composition, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
1 known variant impression of the only state, outside the edition and unique variants
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Outside the edition, there are 6 unique variants that incorporate this plate. All include extensive hand additions and sometimes only a partial printing of the plate.

See Evolving Composition Diagram:
"I See You!!! (#1)"
"I See You Through Me!!! (#2)"
"I See You Through Me!!! (#2) (verso)"
"I See You!!! (#3)"
"I See You!!! (#4)"
"Honni Soit Qui Mal Y Pense: I See You!!! (#5)"
Untitled, no. 2 of 6, from the series, "I Give Everything Away"
Background:
Benjamin Shiff, the director of the Osiris imprint, collaborated with Bourgeois in a highly experimental phase of printmaking that occupied the last years of her life, from 2005 to 2010. He first established a working relationship with the artist in the 1990s, but the late period is particularly noteworthy for the innovative and complex large-scale projects that evolved at that time. Shiff made use of professional workshops for printing, but he oversaw the creation of the printing plates as Bourgeois worked on them in her home studio. He also provided assistance as she added extensive hand additions and texts, and as she combined individual compositions into multi-panel works and illustrated books.

Osiris put together a grouping of Bourgeois's late, large-scale soft ground etchings under the title "Turning Inwards." Nine sets were announced. Each "Turning Inwards" set is unique, containing a different number of prints. Sets include editioned prints as well as early proofs. Some also have multiple impressions of the same composition, due to differences in inking and wiping.

The "Turning Inwards" sets are not considered formal series that must be shown in their entirety; the prints in each set can be displayed separately.

Set #1 of 9 contains 67 prints and is in the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Set #2 contains 43 prints and is in the collection of the Tate Modern. Set #3 contains 38 prints. Set #4 contains 39 prints. The contents of sets #5-9 were not known by MoMA cataloguers, as of 2018.

The title "Turning Inwards" is given to the overall grouping and is also the title of one of the individual compositions within it. Titles that may appear in the various "Turning Inwards" sets are as follows:

1. À Baudelaire
2. Abandoned
3. Accumulations
4. Are You in Orbit? (#1)
5. Are You in Orbit? (#2)
6. The Awakening
7. The Chain of Events
8. The Fall
9. La Famille
10. Les Fleurs
11. I See You!!!
12. Incognito
13. Just Like Me
14. Knots
15. Leaves
16. Let My Children Come
17. Look Up!
18. Losing It
19. Love and Kisses
20. La Maladie de l'Amour
21. My Inner Life
22. My Secret Life
23. The Nest
24. Opening Up
25. The Pacifiers
26. Paddle Woman
27. Passages
28. Pendule
29. The Prey of an Anxiety
30. Sangsue
31. The Smell of Eucalyptus (#1)
32. The Smell of Eucalyptus (#2)
33. The Stretch
34. Swaying
35. Swelling
36. Turning Inwards
37. The Twist
38. The Unfolding
39. Up and Up

This impression is in MoMA's set #1 of 9.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
264.2011
This Work in Other Collections:
Tate Modern, London

I See You!!
2007-2010

States

Louise Bourgeois. I See You!!! 2007
I See You!!!
Only state, variant
2007
Published Louise Bourgeois. I See You!!! 2007
I See You!!!
Only state
2007

Unique variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. I See You!!! (#1). 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION I See You!!! (#1)
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. I See You Through Me!!! (#2). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION I See You Through Me!!! (#2)
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. I See You Through Me!!! (#2) (verso detail). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION I See You Through Me!!! (#2) (verso detail)
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. I See You!!! (#3). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION I See You!!! (#3)
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. I See You!!! (#4). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION I See You!!! (#4)
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Honni Soit Qui Mal Y Pense: I See You!!! (#5). 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Honni Soit Qui Mal Y Pense: I See You!!! (#5)
Only state, unique variant
2009
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 6, from the series, I Give Everything Away. 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 2 of 6, from the series, I Give Everything Away
Only state, unique variant
2010

Series
2010

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. I Give Everything Away. 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION I Give Everything Away
2010
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