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LOUISE BOURGEOIS: COMPLETE BOOKS & PRINTS

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Cat. No. 350d-354d

The Laws of Nature

Date:
c. 2003
Themes:
Fabric Works, Figures
Techniques:
Drypoint
Description:
Series of 5 drypoints, with selective wiping, and red ink additions
Support:
Fabric
Dimensions:
sheet: 8 1/2 x 9 1/4" (21.6 x 23.5 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower margin, each plate, stitched in red thread.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
1 known series on fabric, printed in red
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Outside the published illustrated book edition on paper (2003) , and the published illustrated book edition on fabric (2006), there are several unpublished but signed formats of “The Laws of Nature:” a series on fabric, printed in black, in 2 known examples; a series on fabric, printed in red, in 1 known example; and a series on a scarf, printed in black, with the plates in a different order. (See Related Works in the Catalogue, below.) The states of the plates within the various series sometimes differ from the states of the plates within the published editions.

There are also two sets of plates, printed in red, with no signatures. One set, from c. 2003, is on silk; the other, from c. 2006, is on paper. Since the prints in these sets have no signatures, the sets are not considered to be completed series.
Background:
The artist told printer Felix Harlan that the figures in this series are playing an adult version of a French children's game, known as "faire des galipettes," meaning to do somersaults. In fact, the expression "faire des galipettes" is also slang for having sex, a punning reference that Bourgeois must have enjoyed.
Installation Remarks:
Installation should include all plates, displayed sequentially.
Curatorial Remarks:
The dimensions of this 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 the published impressions on paper in MoMA's Collection. Plate dimensions of fabric works often vary slightly due to stretching. Sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

The hand additions in this series could not be examined; information was provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

In contrast to the designation "illustrated book," which contains text, this catalogue designates as a "series" those instances where there is no text accompanying a group of related plates.

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  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
    Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the...
    State VIII of IX, variant
    c. 2003
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 2 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
    Untitled, plate 2 of 5, from the...
    State IX of X, variant
    c. 2003
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 2 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
    Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the...
    State IX of X, variant
    c. 2003
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 4 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
    Untitled, plate 4 of 5, from the...
    State V of VII, variant
    c. 2003
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 4 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 5 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003
    Untitled, plate 5 of 5, from the...
    State IV of V, variant
    c. 2003
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 5 of 5, from the series, The Laws of Nature. c. 2003