Louise Bourgeois, ‘BE CALM (Limited Edition, Numbered)’, 2005, Alpha 137 Gallery
Louise Bourgeois, ‘BE CALM (Limited Edition, Numbered)’, 2005, Alpha 137 Gallery

This is a long sold out linen tea towel printed with Louise Bourgeois' signature and a reproduction of her work Be Calm. This work was created in collaboration with Third Drawer Down several years prior to Louise Bourgeois' monumental exhibition at the Tate Modern, London. The work is sold unframed and folded in the original presentation envelope. The folds are as issued. The publishers created two editions of this tea towel; one - which is not the present one - being an 'open' edition, and the other a limited edition - this one being the much rarer limited, numbered edition. While both are now considered vintage collectors' items, as the 'open editon' was never reprised, the numbered edition, of which this is one, is the most desirable and collectible piece - and rarely appears on the market. This rare screenprint on linen tea towel, signed within plate, is numbered 402/1000 in black pen, in original packaging also numbered in pencil, published by Third Drawer Down & Tate, London (unframed) (In 2005, Bourgeois created ''Be Calm'' a drypoint etching which this tea towel is reproduction after. It was created two years prior to Louise Bourgeois' monumental exhibition at the Tate Modern, London in 2007. ) Housed in presentation envelope as issued by the publisher. The folds are as issued. Numbered 402/1000 in pencil on packaging. Especially desirable and rare!

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Signature: Signed on the plate and numbered 402/1000 on both the tea towel and the accompanying envelope

Manufacturer: Third Drawer Down & Tate London

Originally sold in the Tate gift shop; a collaboration of Tate and Third Drawer Down

About Louise Bourgeois

Beginning her artistic practice in her native Paris, Louise Bourgeois was originally associated with Surrealism due to her integration of fantastic elements into her prints and sculptures. Upon moving to New York in 1938, Bourgeois focused primarily on sculpture, crafting biomorphic forms that curator Lucy Lippard has described as enacting the physicality of the body as experienced from within. Bourgeois’s suggestive organ-like contours and early use of unconventional materials (like resin, latex, and cloth) allude to a tension between quintessentially male and female forms. This recurrent interrogation of the male/female dialectic aligns Bourgeois with the Feminist movement, but her work has also been examined through the lens of Abstract Expressionism, as she exhibited with artists such as Robert Motherwell, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko.

French-American, 1911-2010, Paris, France, based in New York & Paris