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Cat. No. 660

The Small Hours, no. 2 of 9, from the series, What Is the Shape of This Problem?

State/Variant:
Components A and B: only state
Date:
1999
Series:
What Is the Shape of This Problem? (View All)
Themes:
Abstraction, Spirals, Words
Techniques:
Relief
Description:
Letterpress
Support:
Smooth, wove Arches paper
Dimensions:
sheet (component A): 12 × 17" (30.5 × 43.2 cm); sheet (component B): 12 × 17" (30.5 × 43.2 cm)
Signature:
"LB" right lower sheet (each), pencil.
Publisher:
Galerie Lelong, Paris,
Galerie Lelong, New York
Printer:
SOLO Impression, New York
Edition:
25; plus 14 A.P. (3 are isolated pairs of text-image diptychs), 4 P.P., 3 T.P., 2 H.C., 1 B.A.T.
Impression:
"AP 2" left lower sheet (each), pencil, unknown hand.
Edition Information:
In an unusual numbering system for the A.P.s, numbers 1-11 were given to complete sets, but numbers 12, 13, and 14 were given to isolated pairs of text-image diptychs, according to printer Judith Solodkin of SOLO Impression. Solodkin does not recall which specific diptychs were numbered 12, 13, and 14.

There is 1 known variant impression of component A, only state, outside the edition.
Background:
The text in this series was taken from Bourgeois's diary entries, spanning some forty years. The images are based on drawings created in the 1990s. Printer Judith Solodkin of SOLO Impression made photo-enlargements of the drawings and transferred them to letterpress plates.
Installation Remarks:
Each diptych in this series constitutes a single composition and must be exhibited in a vertical configuration as illustrated, or alternatively, with the text on top of the image. The diptychs in the series may be exhibited together or separately, and there is no required sequence.
Curatorial Remarks:
This series was reproduced on a set of note cards as a merchandise item. A tote bag merchandise item was made from no. 9.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
135.2000.3a-b
This Work in Other Collections:
Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich, Switzerland
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Tate Modern, London

The Small Hours, no. 2 of 9, from the series, What Is the Shape of This Problem?
1999

Source
1998

NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Louise Bourgeois. Les 3 Fils de Robert. 1998
NOT IN MoMA'S COLLECTION Les 3 Fils de Robert
Ink on paper
1998

Component A

Published Louise Bourgeois. The Small Hours, no. 2 of 9, component A, from the series, What Is the Shape of This Problem? 1999
Component A: only state, variant
1999
Published Louise Bourgeois. The Small Hours, no. 2 of 9, component A, from the series, What Is the Shape of This Problem? 1999
Component A: only state
1999

Component B

Published Louise Bourgeois. The Small Hours, no. 2 of 9, component B, from the series, What Is the Shape of This Problem? 1999
Component B: only state
1999

Diptych

Published Louise Bourgeois. The Small Hours, no. 2 of 9, from the series, What Is the Shape of This Problem? 1999
Components A and B: only state
1999

Series
1999

Louise Bourgeois. What Is the Shape of This Problem? 1999
What Is the Shape of This Problem?
1999
More About This Work

Louise Bourgeois,

What Is the Shape of This Problem?,

New York: Galerie Lelong, 1999

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