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Cat. No. 918

When Did This Happen?

Date:
2007
Themes:
Abstraction, Body Parts, Figures
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Series of 5 compositions: 7 soft ground etchings, with hand additions
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
See individual.
Signature:
See individual.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Each panel includes extensive hand additions, and some plates were only partially inked.

The 5 compositions included in this series were each issued as the individual editions listed here, and seen below in Related Works in the Catalogue.

See Related Works in the Catalogue:
"Just Like Me"
"Incognito"
"Knots"
"Abandoned"
"Are You in Orbit? (#1)" and "Are You in Orbit? (#2)"
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.
Installation Remarks:
This series of 5 panels constitutes a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.

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  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen? 2007
    Untitled, no. 1 of 5, from the...
    Only state, unique variant
    2007
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen? 2007
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen? 2007
    Untitled, no. 2 of 5, from the...
    Only state, unique variant
    2007
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen? 2007
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen? 2007
    Untitled, no. 3 of 5, from the...
    Only state, unique variant
    2007
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen? 2007
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 4 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen? 2007
    Untitled, no. 4 of 5, from the...
    Only state, unique variant
    2007
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 4 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen? 2007
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 5 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen? 2007
    Untitled, no. 5 of 5, from the...
    Version 3 of 3, only state, unique variant
    2007
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 5 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen? 2007

Louise Bourgeois,

When Did This Happen?,

New York, Osiris, 2007

Bourgeois's entire text for this series appears on the panels cited below.

No. 1:
Struck by utter
Revulsion
(I do nothing)
paralyzed.
immobilized by the horror

No. 2:
thunder struck
Freeze on the spot
go totally vague

No. 3:
when did this happen?
when I saw them coupling
separate the two snails
my memory is moth eaten
full of holes

No. 4:
something atrocious must have
happened that I don't
understand
and makes me masochistic

No. 5:
when terror pounces
grips me
I create an image