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Cat. No. 809, unique variant 3, in 918

Untitled, no. 2 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen?

State/Variant:
Only state, unique variant
Date:
2007
Series:
When Did This Happen? (View All)
Alternate Title:
Incognito
Themes:
Abstraction
Techniques:
Etching
Description:
panel (a): Pencil
panel (b): Soft ground etching, with hand additions
panel (c): Pencil
Support:
Paper (3 attached sheets)
Dimensions:
plate (b): 59 1/8 × 19 9/16" (150.1 × 49.7 cm); sheet (overall): 60 × 83" (152.4 × 210.8 cm)
Signature:
panel (b): "LB" lower right comp., pencil.
Publisher:
Osiris, New York
Printer:
Wingate Studio, Hinsdale, NH
Edition:
Unique
Impression:
Not numbered
Edition Information:
This is one of 8 unique variants outside the edition that incorporate this plate, printed alone or in combination with other plates in multi-panel works. When the plate is used alone, the work is included in the Evolving Composition Diagram. When it is printed with other plates, it is included in Related Works in the Catalogue.

See Evolving Composition Diagram:
Untitled, plate 8 of 9, from the illustrated book, "Differentiate"
"A Mirror of You"
Untitled, no. 2 of 5, from the series, "When Did This Happen?"

See Related Works in the Catalogue:
"Dizzy Spells"
Untitled, no. 2 of 3, from the series, "This Need"
"Time"
"Don't Swallow Me!"
"Euphoria"

About the "Incognito" edition:
Within the edition, sheet size varies slightly from impression to impression. There is 1 known impression of the only state, outside the edition. It is inscribed "first proof" in the lower left composition by the artist, and signed "Louise Bourgeois" in the lower right composition, both in pencil.

There are 2 known cancellation proofs, each with a large "X" drawn across the composition from each corner of the plate.
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 panel is one of 5 which constitute a single work of art. All of these panels are to be exhibited together in the indicated sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
The mediums of the hand additions were not specified by the Louise Bourgeois Studio. The plate dimensions are from the impression of "Incognito" in MoMA's Collection. The sheet dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio. The paper type could not be documented because this work is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person.

Incognito
2007

States

Published Louise Bourgeois. Incognito. 2007
Incognito
Only state
2007

Unique Variants

Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 8 of 9, from the illustrated book, Differentiate. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, plate 8 of 9, from the illustrated book, Differentiate
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. A Mirror of You. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION A Mirror of You
Only state, unique variant
2007
Published NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, no. 2 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen? 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Untitled, no. 2 of 5, from the series, When Did This Happen?
Only state, unique variant
2007

Illustrated Book
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Differentiate. 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Differentiate
2007
More About This Work

Series
2007

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. When Did This Happen? 2007
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION When Did This Happen?
2007
More About This Work

Louise Bourgeois,

When Did This Happen?,

New York, Osiris, 2007

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

No. 1:
Struck by utter
Revulsion
(I do nothing)
paralyzed.
immobilized by the horror

No. 2:
thunder struck
Freeze on the spot
go totally vague

No. 3:
when did this happen?
when I saw them coupling
separate the two snails
my memory is moth eaten
full of holes

No. 4:
something atrocious must have
happened that I don't
understand
and makes me masochistic

No. 5:
when terror pounces
grips me
I create an image