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  • Literature

    Museum of Modern Art Cat. No. 658-667

  • Catalogue Essay

    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.

  • Artist Biography

    Louise Bourgeois

    French-American • 1911 - 2010

    Known for her idiosyncratic style, Louise Bourgeois was a pioneering and iconic figure of twentieth and early twenty-first century art. Untied to an art historical movement, Bourgeois was a singular voice, both commanding and quiet.

    Bourgeois was a prolific printmaker, draftsman, sculptor and painter. She employed diverse materials including metal, fabric, wood, plaster, paper and paint in a range of scale — both monumental and intimate. She used recurring themes and subjects (animals, insects, architecture, the figure, text and abstraction) as form and metaphor to explore the fragility of relationships and the human body. Her artworks are meditations of emotional states: loneliness, jealousy, pride, anger, fear, love and longing.

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What is the Shape of This Problem (MoMA 658-667)

The set of nine letterpress and lithography diptychs, on Arches paper, the full sheets, lacking the title page.
all S. 12 x 17 in. (30.5 x 43.2 cm)
All signed with initials and numbered 6/25 in pencil (there were also 14 artist's proofs), published by Galerie Lelong, New York and Paris, all framed.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $85,680

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 19 - 21 April 2022