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Cat. No. 818, unique variant 1

The Prey of an Anxiety

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2006
Themes:
Abstraction, Fabric Works
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
panels (a) and (b): Soft ground etchings
Support:
panel (a): Fabric
panel (b): Paper
Dimensions:
plate (each): 59 7/16 × 19 3/4" (151 × 50.1 cm); sheet: 60 × 46" (152.4 × 116.8 cm)
Signature:
panel (b): "LB" lower right comp., pencil.
Inscription:
panel (b): "The prey of / an anxiety / The tightening of / the noose" lower left comp., 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, printed alone or in combination with other plates in multi-panel works. When the plate is used alone, the work is included in the Evolving Composition Diagram. When it is printed with another plate, it is included in Related Works in the Catalogue.

See Evolving Composition Diagram:
"The Prey of an Anxiety"
Untitled, plate 9 of 9, from the illustrated book, "Differentiate"

See Related Works in the Catalogue:
"You Are Heading For It"
"Dizzy Spells"
Untitled, no. 1 of 4, from the series, "Inner Truths or Outer Truths"
Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, "This Need"
"Euphoria"

About the "The Prey of an Anxiety" edition:
Within the edition, there are slight variations in sheet size. There is 1 known impression of the only state, outside the edition. It is inscribed "first proof" in the lower left margin by the artist and signed "Louise Bourgeois" in the lower right margin, both in pencil. There are 2 known cancellation proofs, each with a large "X" drawn across the composition from each corner of the plate.
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.
Curatorial Remarks:
The 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.

The red marks in the lower center of panel (b) do not appear to be an intentional addition by the artist.

The Prey of an Anxiety
2006-2007

States

Published Louise Bourgeois. The Prey of an Anxiety. 2007
The Prey of an Anxiety
Only state
2007

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. The Prey of an Anxiety. 2006
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION The Prey of an Anxiety
Only state, unique variant
2006
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 9 of 9, from the illustrated book, Differentiate. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, plate 9 of 9, from the illustrated book, Differentiate
Only state, unique variant
2007

Illustrated Book
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Differentiate. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Differentiate
2007
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