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Cat. No. 744, unique variant 5, in 1253

Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the series, The Voice Says Yes

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2009
Series:
The Voice Says Yes (View All)
Alternate Title:
My Inner Life
Themes:
Abstraction, Fabric Works, Figures
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
panel (a): Fabric collage
panel (b): Pencil and mixed media
panel (c): Soft ground etching, with hand additions
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
plate: 59 11/16 × 35 9/16" (151.6 × 90.4 cm); sheet (approx.): 61 × 101" (154.9 × 256.5 cm)
Signature:
panel (c): "Louise / Bourgeois" lower right comp.
Inscription:
panel (b): "The voice / says / yes" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
This is one of 7 unique variants outside the edition to incorporate this plate. They all include extensive hand additions and sometimes partial inking of the plate.

See Evolving Composition Diagram:
"My Inner Life (#1)"
"My Inner Life (#2)"
"My Inner Life (#3): Eugénie Grandet"
"My Inner Life (#5)"
Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the series, "The Voice Says Yes" (This composition was originally titled "My Inner Life [#4]")
"I Go To Pieces: My Inner Life (#6)"
Untitled, no. 1 of 6, from the series, "I Give Everything Away"

About the "My Inner Life" edition:
Within the edition, selective wiping is consistent from impression to impression. Two impressions (8/9 and 9/9) have proofing of the "My Inner Life" plate on the verso. There is one known proof impression on the verso of "Elle," seen below in Related Works in the Catalogue.
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 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 an impression in MoMA's Collection. The overall mediums and sheet dimensions for the series were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

On the text panel, gouache is applied like correction fluid to cover unwanted marks.

My Inner Life
2008-2010

States

Published Louise Bourgeois. My Inner Life. 2008
My Inner Life
Only state
2008

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. My Inner Life (#1). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION My Inner Life (#1)
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. My Inner Life (#2). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION My Inner Life (#2)
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. My Inner Life (#3): Eugénie Grandet. 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION My Inner Life (#3): Eugénie Grandet
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. My Inner Life (#5). 2008
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION My Inner Life (#5)
Only state, unique variant
2008
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the series, The Voice Says Yes. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 1 of 3, from the series, The Voice Says Yes
Only state, unique variant
2009
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 6, from the series, I Give Everything Away. 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 1 of 6, from the series, I Give Everything Away
Only state, unique variant
2010
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. I Go To Pieces: My Inner Life (#6). 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION I Go To Pieces: My Inner Life (#6)
Only state, unique variant
2010

Series
2009

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Voice Says Yes. 2009
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The Voice Says Yes
2009
More About This Work

Series
2010

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. I Give Everything Away. 2010
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION I Give Everything Away
2010
More About This Work

Louise Bourgeois,

The Voice Says Yes,

New York, Osiris, 2009

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

No. 1:
The voice
says
yes

No. 2:
say it
sign it
sing it
write it
shout it
howl it
but in your own way

No. 3:
I want the world to know
I want history to record it
I am calling you
you
you
you
you
It is my total
commitment
I want nothing else