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Cat. No. 247/VIII

Umbilical Cord

State/Variant:
State VIII of IX
Date:
2002
Themes:
Fabric Works, Figures, Motherhood & Family
Techniques:
Drypoint, Engraving
Description:
Engraving and drypoint
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
plate: 10 7/8 x 8 7/16" (27.6 x 21.4 cm); sheet: 13 1/4 x 14" (33.7 x 35.6 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower margin, stitched in red thread.
Publisher:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
6
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
There are variations in the fabrics used in this edition, including staining and scorching, as is commonly found in the old fabrics Bourgeois chose to use as printing surfaces.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state VII in drypoint: both figures' hair further delineated.
Background:
"Umbilical Cord" relates to a monumental installation for the inaugural exhibition in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in 2000. The installation consisted of "Maman," a 30' steel sculpture of a spider, and "I Do, I Undo, I Redo," three steel towers ranging in height from 42' to 57'. Each tower contained a different sculpture of a mother and child inside a bell jar. The sculpture in the tower titled, "I Redo," featured a mother and child attached by an umbilical cord. Bourgeois also made another related print called "Do Not Abandon Me," 2000, which includes a similar mother and child.
Curatorial Remarks:
The plate dimensions of this impression could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's collection and could not be examined in person. The dimensions given are from an impression on paper.

Umbilical Cord
2000-2002

States

Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State I of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State II of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State III of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State IV of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State V of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VI of IX, variant
2000
Published Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VI of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VII of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VII of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VIII of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VIII of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VIII of IX, variant
2000
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2002
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State VIII of IX
2002
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2002
State IX of IX
2002