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Cat. No. 247/IX

Umbilical Cord

State/Variant:
State IX of IX
Date:
2002
Themes:
Figures, Motherhood & Family
Techniques:
Aquatint, Drypoint, Engraving
Description:
Engraving, aquatint, and drypoint
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
plate: 10 7/8 x 8 7/16" (27.6 x 21.4 cm); sheet: 18 1/8 x 14 15/16" (46 x 38 cm)
Signature:
"Louise Bourgeois 2002" lower right margin, pencil.
Publisher:
unpublished
Printer:
Harlan & Weaver, New York
Edition:
3 known impressions of state IX
Impression:
"t.p." lower left margin, pencil, artist's hand.
Edition Information:
Proof after the editioning of state VIII on fabric.

The additional 2 known impressions of this composition are not illustrated, due to their similarity to the impression seen here.

Although Bourgeois inscribed one impression of this state as a T.P., and another as a B.A.T., these are not conventional designations, as this state was never published in an edition.
State Changes and Additions:
Changes from state VIII in aquatint: oval border delineated; baby's body filled in.
Background:
"Umbilical Cord" relates to a monumental installation for the inaugural exhibition in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall in 2000. The installation consisted of "Maman," a 30' steel sculpture of a spider, and "I Do, I Undo, I Redo," three steel towers ranging in height from 42' to 57'. Each tower contained a different sculpture of a mother and child inside a bell jar. The sculpture in the tower titled, "I Redo," featured a mother and child attached by an umbilical cord. Bourgeois also made another related print called "Do Not Abandon Me," 2000, which includes a similar mother and child.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
1430.2012

Umbilical Cord
2000-2002

States

Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State I of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State II of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State III of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State IV of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State V of IX
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VI of IX, variant
2000
Published Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VI of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VII of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VII of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VIII of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VIII of IX, variant
2000
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2000
State VIII of IX, variant
2000
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2002
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION State VIII of IX
2002
Louise Bourgeois. Umbilical Cord. 2002
State IX of IX
2002