Blind Man's Buff

Blind Man's Buff


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Louise Bourgeois

(American, 1911-2010)

White marble on wooden base

Overall: 92.7 x 88.9 x 63.5 cm (36 1/2 x 35 x 25 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2002.29.a


Blind Man's Buff is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the children's game in which one player is blindfolded and designated as "it." He must find the other players using only the sense of touch. Made from polished marble with ambiguously rounded forms, the surface of this sculpture invites the viewer's touch, juxtaposing the softness of the curves with the roughness of the wooden base. Eyes and sight are a common theme in Bourgeois's sculpture, possibly confronting the blind eye her mother turned to her father's affair with an English governess. She delves into the past to address issues of love, betrayal, anxiety, and sexuality while exorcising her childhood demons through the physical act of chipping away at a block of marble.

See also
CONTEMP - Sculpture
Contemporary Art
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