Series of 10 installation sets: Sets 1-7 with 20 soft ground etchings Set 8 with 30 soft ground etchings Set 9 with 36 soft ground etchings and 4 drawings Set 10 with 39 soft ground etchings and 1 drawing
10 installation sets Sets 1-7: 20 sheets each Set 8: 30 sheets Sets 9-10: 40 sheets each
Set 1-10 (verso inscriptions not confirmed)
The series of installation sets, "10 AM Is When You Come to Me" (sets 1-10), is not a traditional edition in that each installation set is unique. Etching compositions, each with hand additions, appear in varying orientations and slightly varying sheet sizes across the installation set series. Also, some sets in the series include more sheets than other sets, as noted under Edition.
Each individual composition in "10 AM Is When You Come to Me" is numbered for cataloguing purposes and has its own Evolving Composition Diagram. There are 33 different compositions. Every impression of each composition is illustrated, in order to show the varying orientations and unique hand additions.
All 10 installation sets include compositions nos. 1-19. Composition no. 19 is adhered to the portfolio box for each set, as well as appearing once within the set.
Installation sets 8-10 differ from sets 1-7 not only because they include more sheets, but also because they contain etching compositions that do not appear in installation sets 1-7. Installation sets 9 and 10 contain a number of drawn compositions with no printed elements. A breakdown of the compositions by installation set is as follows:
Gray linen covered portfolio box. Printed text: "10 AM Is when you come to me!!" One impression of composition no. 19, with no hand additions, is adhered to the top surface of the portfolio box. This portfolio box is not considered a component of the installation and is not to be exhibited with the sheets.
The title of this series of installation sets refers to the daily arrival of Bourgeois's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, at the artist's home. The compositions were created from tracings of the artist's and the assistant's hands and arms, which Bourgeois arranged for each composition. Prior to the etched compositions, Bourgeois created a series of 7 drawings, also titled "10 AM Is When You Come to Me" (see Related Works in Other Mediums).
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.
Each installation set constitutes a single work of art. All of the sheets within a set are to be exhibited together, as an installation, though there is no required sequence.
No. 19 is the composition chosen to represent each installation set. Image 1 is the impression of no. 19 adhered to the portfolio box. Image 2 is an installation view.
The installation view documents set 7 when it was on view at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, from 2013-2014. (Installation views of each specific set were not available.)
A merchandise set of 4 bone china mugs was made with images of installation set 1, nos. 6, 11, 13, and 15.
This Work in Other Collections:
Tate Modern, London and National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh (set 7 jointly owned; on long-term loan by Artist Rooms Foundation 2013)
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