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Cat. No. 1251

Start Something!!

Date:
2008
Themes:
Abstraction, Fabric Works, Nature
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
Series of 4 compositions: 5 soft ground etchings, with watercolor, gouache, ink, colored pencil, and pencil additions, and 1 fabric collage
Support:
Paper
Dimensions:
Plate and sheet sizes vary. See individual.
Signature:
See individual.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
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 series of 4 compositions constitutes a single work of art. All of these compositions are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
The hand additions and paper type on individual sheets throughout the 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 impressions in MoMA's Collection. The overall mediums and sheet dimensions for the series were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.

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  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 4, from the series, Start Something!! 2008
    Untitled, no. 1 of 4, from the...
    Unique variant
    2008
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 1 of 4, from the series, Start Something!! 2008
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 4, from the series, Start Something!! 2008
    Untitled, no. 2 of 4, from the...
    Only state, unique variant
    2008
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 4, from the series, Start Something!! 2008
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 4, from the series, Start Something!! 2008
    Untitled, no. 3 of 4, from the...
    Only state, unique variant
    2008
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 3 of 4, from the series, Start Something!! 2008
  • NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 4 of 4, from the series, Start Something!! 2008
    Untitled, no. 4 of 4, from the...
    Unique variant
    2008
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 4 of 4, from the series, Start Something!! 2008

Louise Bourgeois,

Start Something!!,

New York, Osiris, 2008

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

No. 1:
under anxiety
I lose my identité.
I talk
I talk
I talk
I talk
and
talk.

No. 2:
I offer
I give
I propose
I perform
I show off
I have a solution
optimism.

No. 3:
Nothing doing
doing nothing
rejecting at every turn
break down!
I leave
I hide
I shut up
I look the other way

No. 4:
I look
I serve
I initiate
I start a book
a picture
a sculpture