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Cat. No. 1268, in 1248

Untitled, no. 1 of 4, from the series, Inner Truths or Outer Truths

State/Variant:
Unique variant
Date:
2007
Series:
Inner Truths or Outer Truths (View All)
Themes:
Abstraction, Fabric Works
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
panel (a): Soft ground etchings
panel (b): Pencil
panel (c): Soft ground etchings
Support:
panels (a) and (c): Fabric
panel (b): Paper
Dimensions:
plate (a) (each): 59 7/16 × 19 3/4" (151 × 50.1 cm); plate (c) (each): 59 3/16 × 19 5/16" (150.3 × 49.1 cm); sheet (approx.): 60 × 80" (152.4 × 203.2 cm)
Signature:
panel (c): "LB" lower right sheet, stitched in red thread.
Inscription:
panel (b): "inner / truths / or / outer truths" center sheet, pencil, artist's hand.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
State Changes and Additions:
Matrices:
This 3-panel composition is made up of 2 plates that were issued as separate editions. They are noted below and can be seen in Related Works in the Catalogue.

panel (a): plate from "The Prey of an Anxiety"
There are 2 impressions here, one printed in black on sheer fabric overlapping another printed in red.

panel (c): plate from "The Chain of Events"
There are 2 impressions here, one printed in red on sheer fabric overlapping another printed in black.
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 composition is one of 4 that constitute a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
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 impressions in MoMA's Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

No. 1 of 4, from the series, Inner Truths or Outer Truths
2007

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 4, from the series, Inner Truths or Outer Truths. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Unique variant
2007

Series
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Inner Truths or Outer Truths. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Inner Truths or Outer Truths
2007
More About This Work

Louise Bourgeois,

Inner Truths or Outer Truths,

New York, Osiris, 2007

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

No. 1:
inner
truths
or
outer truths

No. 2:
the move forward
and
outward
to grow
over
and cover
to protect
to embrace
to cherish
is
desire
to move towards
to take hold of
to grasp
to grow
to love

No. 3:
the talker
who
is
+ secretive
the
satisfaction
of
a
job well done!!!

No. 4:
I give
things eternity
I
have come
of
age