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Est: $900,000 USD - $1,200,000 USDSold:
Sotheby'sMay 10, 2005New York, NY, US

Item Overview



Executed in 1962-1981.


Robert Miller Gallery, New York
Acquired by the present owner from the above in 1989

New York, Stable Gallery, Louise Bourgeois: Recent Sculpture, January 1964 (1962, first plaster)
New York, 112 Greene Street, Louise Bourgeois: Sculpture 1970-1974, December 1974 (1962 cast iron)
New York, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, Selections from the New York University Art Collection, September - October 1976 (1962 cast iron)
New York, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, Small Sculpture, February - March 1981 (1962 cast iron)
Jamaica, New York, Jamaica Arts Center, Sculpture from the Collection of the Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, September - December 1983 (1962 cast iron)
Boston, Grossman Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Undercurrents: Rituals and Translations, October - November 1987 (1962, second plaster)
Miami, Florida International University (and traveling), Louise Bourgeois, October 1987 - January 1988 (1962, second plaster)
Cologne, Museum Ludwig, Bilderstreit, April - July 1989 (1962, first plaster)
New York, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letter, Louise Bourgeois Sculpture, May - June 1989 (1962, second plaster)
Columbus, Wexner Center for the Visual Arts, Ohio State University, Inaugural Exhibition Part II - Art in Europe and America: the 1960s and 1970s, May - August 1990 (1962, second plaster)
Vienna, Galerie Krinzinger, Louise Bourgeois, 1939-1989: Sculpture and Drawing, May - June 1990 (1962, first plaster)
Denver, Ginny Williams Gallery, Bourgeois: Four Decades, October - December 1990 (1962, second plaster)
Santa Fe, Laura Carpenter Fine Art, Louise Bourgeois Personages, 1940s/Installations, 1980s, July - September 1993 (1962, second plaster)
Oxford, Museum of Modern Art, Louise Bourgeois, October - December 1995 (1962, second plaster)
Salzburg, Rupertinum, Louise Bourgeois, July - October 1996 (1962, second plaster)
Madrid, Galerie Soledad Lorenzo, Louise Bourgeois, November 1996 - January 1997 (1962, second plaster)
Seattle, The Henry Art Gallery, Inside, April - June 1997 (1962, second plaster)


Lucy R. Lippard, "Louise Bourgeois from the Inside Out", ArtForum, vol. 13, March 1975, p. 32, illustrated (1962 plaster)
Exh. Cat., Chicago, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, Louise Bourgeois: Femme Maison, 1981, cat. no. 22 (1962-67 cast iron)
Exh. Cat., New York, Museum of Modern Art (and traveling), Louise Bourgeois, 1982, pl. 83, p. 70, illustrated (1962, second plaster) and p. 115, illustrated (1962 plaster in the artist's New York studio, August 1982)
Exh. Cat., New York, Robert Miller Gallery, Bourgeois Truth, 1982, n. p., illustrated (1962, second plaster)
Exh. Cat., Bridgehampton, Dia Art Foundation, Louise Bourgeois, May - June 1989, p. 13, illustrated (1962, second plaster)
Exh. Cat., Frankfurt, Frankfurter Kunstverein (and traveling), Louise Bourgeois, 1989, cat. no. 36, p. 88, illustrated in color (1962, second plaster)
Exh. Cat., Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum, Louise Bourgeois, 1991, pl. 36, p. 88, illustrated (1962 plaster)
Christiane Meyer-Thoss, Louise Bourgeois, Zurich 1992, p. 20, illustrated (1962, second plaster)
Exh. Cat., Hannover, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Louise Bourgeois: Sculptures, 1994, pl. 24, illustrated (1962, first plaster)
Exh. Cat., Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, The Locus of Memory, 1995, p. 98, illustrated (1962, second plaster)
Exh. Cat., Monterrey, Museum of Contemporary Art Monterrey (and traveling), The Sculpture of Louise Bourgeois: The Elegance of Irony, 1995, pl. 31, p. 59, illustrated in color (1962 - 1980s bronze)
Marie-Laure Bernadac, Louise Bourgeois, Paris 1996, p. 68, illustrated (1962, second plaster)
Feliz Zdenek, Louise Bourgeois: Sculptures, Envrionments and Drawings 1946-1995, 1996, p. 90, illustrated (1962, first plaster)
Exh. Cat., Milan, Fondazione Prada, Louise Bourgeois: Blue Days and Pink Days, 1997, p. 118, illustrated (1962 second plaster with the artist in her studio)
Rainer Crone and Petrus Graf Schaesberg, Louise Bourgeois: The Secret of the Cells, Munich 1997, p. 56, illustrated (1962, first plaster)
Exh. Cat., Yokohama Museum of Art, Louise Bourgeois: Homesickness, 1997, p. 68, illustrated (1962, first plaster)
Marie-Laure Bernadac and Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Louise Bourgeois: Destruction of the Father, Reconstruction of the Father - Writings and Interviews, 1923-1997, London 1998, p. 86, illustrated (1962, first plaster)
Andrea Jahn, Louise Bourgeois: Subversionen des Körpers, Berlin 1999, p. 211, illustrated (1962, first plaster)
Exh. Cat., Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Louise Bourgeois: Memory and Architecture, 1999, pl. 26, illustrated (1962, second plaster)
Exh. Cat., Bielefeld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Louise Bourgeois: Volume 1, Fear as Sculpture, 1999, p. 10, illustrated in color (1962, first plaster)
Exh. Cat., Kyungki-do, National Museum of Contemporary, Louise Bourgeois, 2000, p. 123, illustrated (1962, second plaster)
Olesya Turkina, Louise Bourgeois: Pandora's Box, in Supplement to ra/KURS magazine, St. Petersburg, Russia 2001, p. 42, illustrated (1962, second plaster)
Exh. Cat., Zurich, Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Louise Bourgeois: Works in Marble, 2002, p. 49, illustrated (siena marble)
Exh. Cat., Beacon, New York, Dia Center for the Arts, Louise Bourgeois installation at the Inauguration of Dia:Beacon, May 2003, n.p., illustrated (1962-1980s bronze)
Robert Storr, Paulo Herkenhoff and Allan Schwartzman, Louise Bourgeois, London and New York 2003, p. 60, illustrated in color (1962 - 1980s bronze)
Zurich, Daros Exhibitions, Louise Bourgeois: Emotions Abstracted, 2004, p. 24, illustrated (1962, first plaster version)

This white marble sculpture is one of three 36 inch high sculptures based on the two original plaster variants of the same title executed in 1962 and measuring approximately 18 inches high. The other two marble sculptures, also executed in the early 1980s, are carved from black marble and siena marble.

Bourgeois also executed a cast iron edition of 5 with one artist's proof, circa 1967, followed in the 1980s by an edition of 6 plus one artist's proof cast in bronze.


36 1/2 x 24 x 20 in. 97.2 x 61 x 50.8 cm.

Artist or Maker

Auction Details

Contemporary Art, Evening

May 10, 2005, 12:00 AM EST

1334 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10021, US