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Cat. No. 1247

I Want To Talk About Magic

Date:
2007
Themes:
Abstraction, Animals & Insects, Figures, Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Series of 3 compositions: 6 soft ground etchings, with watercolor, gouache, ink, colored pencil, and pencil additions
Support:
See individual.
Dimensions:
Plate and sheet sizes vary. See individual.
Signature:
See individual.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
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 3 compositions constitutes a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
The hand additions and paper type on individual sheets throughout the series could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The plate dimensions are from impressions in MoMA's Collection. The overall mediums and sheet dimensions for the series were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

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  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the series, I Want To Talk About Magic. 2007
    Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the...
    2007
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the series, I Want To Talk About Magic. 2007
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, I Want To Talk About Magic. 2007
    Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the...
    Unique variant
    2007
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, I Want To Talk About Magic. 2007
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, I Want To Talk About Magic. 2007
    Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the...
    Unique variant
    2007
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 3, from the series, I Want To Talk About Magic. 2007

Louise Bourgeois,

I Want To Talk About Magic,

New York, Osiris, 2007

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

No. 1:
Defensive
in the
face of love
The recreating of the past
does not pay
the fear of being disappointed
wounded or abandoned
the inability to heal
or
forgive

No. 2:
I trust you
I am going to tell you
my pain
the past
the fear of being

No. 3:
But I want
to talk about
magic
understanding and intimacy
acceptance and happiness
the eyes of innocent children
a ray of hope
I saw my
father
the circles
same candies
I am
happy to
remember
I want
to talk
about
magic
memory
happiness
acceptance