20 known impressions of the only state, within 10 installation sets (1 on each portfolio box cover and 1 within each set)
Set 9 (inscription 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 follows:
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 numbered compositions by installation set is as follows:
Installation sets 1-7: etching compositions nos. 1-19 Installation set 8: etching compositions nos. 1-19, 21-23, 25-28 Installation set 9: etching compositions nos. 1-19, 20-25; drawn compositions nos. 29-32; one hand-written text Installation set 10: etching compositions nos. 1-19, 20-23, 25, 26; drawn composition no. 33
There are 8 known variant impressions of the only state, outside this series of installation sets. They can all be seen in the Evolving Composition Diagram below.
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.
The paper type as well as inscriptions or numbering could not be fully documented because this set is not in MoMA's Collection and could not be examined in person. The medium and dimensions were provided by the Louise Bourgeois Studio.
Sometimes the plate was partially inked for this composition. When fully inked, the clock, numbers, and the phrase "10 AM Is When You Come to Me!!" are all seen. When partially inked, there are impressions without the phrase, with only fragments of the phrase, and in one case, a clock without numbers (see untitled, no. 19 in set 4). This impression is fully inked.
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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