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Cat. No. 841/IV, variant 2

Map of the Western Hemisphere

State/Variant:
State IV of IV, variant
Date:
1999
Themes:
Nature
Techniques:
Drypoint, Etching
Description:
Drypoint and etching
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 11 7/8 × 8 15/16" (30.1 × 22.7 cm); sheet: 15 9/16 x 12 1/8" (39.6 x 30.8 cm)
Signature:
Not signed
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
4 known impressions of state IV
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
Not issued as a published edition at any state.

The additional known impression of this state is in MoMA's Collection (Accession Number: 669.2008). It is not illustrated due to its similarity to the other impression of state V, seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state III: dash marks indicating several national boundary lines added.
Background:
According to Felix Harlan, of Harlan & Weaver, New York, Bourgeois's map compositions stem from her desire to sort through memories and associations with different places. The artist used preexisting maps as references for her own abstracted compositions, excluding the information essential to map reading. In this way, the maps served more as personal documents for the artist, rather than as references or guides.

This composition was begun in June 1995, while Bourgeois was thinking about an upcoming show in Brazil and began musing about the Tango. While affirming the Latin American origin of the dance, Bourgeois also felt it had some connection with Scandinavia. In pondering such associations, she had the idea to use the Tango as a symbolic link between the Americas and Europe, but the project remained unfinished.
Curatorial Remarks:
According to Felix Harlan of Harlan & Weaver, the pock marks visible in the state IV impressions were likely found in the plate before any composition was added, as Bourgeois occasionally chose to work with distressed plates. The fact that the pock marks are not visible in states I-III is likely the result of careful wiping on the part of the printers.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
1409.2008

Map of the Western Hemisphere
1995-1999

Studies

Louise Bourgeois. Untitled (Study for Map of the Western Hemisphere). 1995
Study
1995

States

Louise Bourgeois. Map of the Western Hemisphere. 1995
State I of IV, variant
1995
Louise Bourgeois. Map of the Western Hemisphere. 1995
State I of IV, variant
1995
Louise Bourgeois. Map of the Western Hemisphere. 1995
State II of IV
1995
Louise Bourgeois. Map of the Western Hemisphere. 1996
State III of IV
1996
Louise Bourgeois. Map of the Western Hemisphere. 1996
State IV of IV, variant
1996
Louise Bourgeois. Map of the Western Hemisphere. 1999
State IV of IV, variant
1999
Louise Bourgeois. Map of the Western Hemisphere. 1999
State IV of IV
1999