American painter and prinktmaker, Will Barnet (1911-2012) was the master printer at The Art Students League and printed Bourgeois's lithographs.
In response to this print, Bourgeois remarked: "This is the same mood of despair that recurs again and again." (Quote cited in Wye, Deborah and Carol Smith. "The Prints of Louise Bourgeois." New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1994, p. 52)
The alternate title, "Head in Hands," comes from the brochure checklist of a 1992 exhibition at the Susan Teller Gallery, New York, titled, "Printed by Will Barnet."
The title "Waiting for News" was given by the artist in 1993 on the occasion of the publication of "The Prints of Louise Bourgeois" (cited above). The inscription in the unknown hand in the lower middle margin was not on the impression at that time.
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