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Cat. No. 556

Insomnia

State/Variant:
Only state
Date:
1996
Themes:
Abstraction
Techniques:
Lithography
Description:
Lithograph
Support:
Smooth, wove paper
Dimensions:
composition: 21 7/8 x 16 15/16" (55.5 x 43.1 cm); sheet: 25 x 19 1/2" (63.5 x 49.5 cm)
Signature:
"Louise Bourgeois" lower right margin, pencil.
Publisher:
Fundaçao Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo
Printer:
Derriere L'Etoile Studios, New York
Edition:
25; plus 5 A.P., 5 H.C., 4 P.P., 1 B.A.T.
Impression:
"AP 5/5" lower left margin, pencil, unknown hand.
Benefit Work:
For Fundaçao Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo
Background:
"Insomnia" is one of four lithographs published in conjunction with Bourgeois's presentation at the XXIII International São Paulo Biennial, held from October 5 to December 15, 1996. Bourgeois's project was organized by Jens Olesen, then the International Vice President of the Fundação Bienal de São Paulo.

The three other lithographs published for the occasion are "Le Cauchemar de Hayter," "Insomnia," and "Mirror for Red Room" seen in Related Works in the Catalogue below. All four compositions are based on source drawings.

Maurice Sanchez, of Derriere L'Etoile Studios, New York, printed this composition in multiple colors on an offset lithography press to capture the artist's particular touch and produce the edition to the artist's satisfaction.
Curatorial Remarks:
The source drawing for this work was done on Bourgeois's favorite blue stationary, with red letters for her name. The color was referenced in the edition.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
557.2013
This Work in Other Collections:
The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

Insomnia
1996

Source
1995

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 66 of 220, from the series, The Insomnia Drawings. 1995
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 66 of 220, from the series...
Ink on paper
1995

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Published Louise Bourgeois. Insomnia. 1996
Only state
1996