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Cat. No. 582/X

Spiral Woman

State/Variant:
State X of X
Date:
2002
Themes:
Body Parts, Fabric Works, Figures, Spirals
Techniques:
Drypoint, Engraving
Description:
Drypoint and engraving
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
plate: 11 1/2 x 9" (29.2 x 22.9 cm); sheet: 23 3/4 x 23" (60.3 x 58.4 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower margin, stitched in red thread.
Publisher:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
5 on fabric; and an edition of 35 on paper, with 7 A.P., 5 P.P., 2 H.C., 1 B.A.T., as plate 2 of 7 in the portfolio, "La Réparation"
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Plate dimensions throughout this fabric edition may vary slightly due to stretching fluctuations. Since there is no fabric example in MoMA's collection, plate dimensions cited here refer to the edition on paper.

There are variations in the fabrics used in this edition, as is commonly found in the old fabrics Bourgeois chose to use as printing surfaces. Two varying examples are reproduced in the Evolving Composition Diagram below.

One example from the edition on fabric has what looks like registration marks, in red pencil, at the middle edge on all sides. These marks are not more fully documented because the work could not be examined in person.

There is 1 known impression of state X on paper, outside the edition. This impression is more lightly inked than the editioned impressions and has a signature, "LB" in red, in the lower right margin. The additional impression is not illustrated due to its similarity to the editioned impressions.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state IX in drypoint: arms and legs further filled in.
Curatorial Remarks:
The filling in of the arms and legs was accomplished with a tangle of drypoint lines that were heavily inked.

Other Remarks:
According to the artist's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, and printer Felix Harlan, the source for this print is the 1984 sculpture, "Spiral Woman." Harlan says that the closely related drawing from 2002 (seen below in Related Works in Other Mediums) was probably taken from an impression of the print. Bourgeois also made a photocopy of the drawing with hand additions. Both were made as part of the artist's working process midway through the platemaking.
Public Collection:
Tate Modern, London

Spiral Woman, plate 2 of 7, from the portfolio, La Réparation
2001-2003

Source
1984

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman. 1984
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Spiral Woman
Bronze
1984

States

Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman, plate 2 of 7, from the portfolio, La Réparation. 2001
State I of X
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman, plate 2 of 7, from the portfolio, La Réparation. 2001
State II of X
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman, plate 2 of 7, from the portfolio, La Réparation. 2001
State III of X
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman, plate 2 of 7, from the portfolio, La Réparation. 2001
State IV of X
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman, plate 2 of 7, from the portfolio, La Réparation. 2001
State V of X
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman, plate 2 of 7, from the portfolio, La Réparation. 2001
State VI of X
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman, plate 2 of 7, from the portfolio, La Réparation. 2001
State VI of X, variant
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman, plate 2 of 7, from the portfolio, La Réparation. 2001
State VII of X
2001
Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman, plate 2 of 7, from the portfolio, La Réparation. 2002
State VIII of X, variant
2002
Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman, plate 2 of 7, from the portfolio, La Réparation. 2002
State VIII of X, variant
2002
Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman, plate 2 of 7, from the portfolio, La Réparation. 2002
State IX of X, variant
2002
Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman, plate 2 of 7, from the portfolio, La Réparation. 2002
State IX of X, variant
2002
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman. 2002
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State X of X
2002
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman. 2002
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State X of X
2002
Published Louise Bourgeois. Spiral Woman, plate 2 of 7, from the portfolio, La Réparation. 2003
State X of X
2003

Portfolio
2003

Louise Bourgeois. La Réparation. 2003
La Réparation
2003
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