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Title
The Blind Leading the Blind
Artist
Louise Bourgeois
Date
1947-1949/1989
Dimensions
overall 88 × 65-¼ × 16-¼ inches
Materials
bronze, paint
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Sculpture
Accession Number
1989.69
Edition
1/6
Inscriptions
on base top “L.B. 1”
Credit Line
Gift of the Marbrook Foundation, Marney and Conley Brooks, Virginia and Edward Brooks, Jr., Markell Brooks, and Carol and Conley Brooks, Jr., 1989

artwork entry Louise Bourgeois, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 1998

Louise Bourgeois has been working out formal and emotional issues in her unique body of sculpture for more than fifty years. This work in the Garden was cast in bronze from a painted wood sculpture of the same title, from the late 1940s. Around that time, Bourgeois had been exhibiting her sticklike, carved wooden sculptures in groupings, exploring almost human relationships among the pieces. In The Blind Leading the Blind, she brought seven pairs of these figures together in a single group and bound them at their tops with a lintel. The artist has suggested that the sculpture portrays “people who were fated to be destroyed together.” The tapered, leglike forms have a rich resonance in Bourgeois’s art and life—from the stilts that support the “Woman-Houses” in her early drawings to her childhood memories of crawling beneath the family table and of reconstructing the damaged legs at the bottoms of frayed tapestries for her parents’ restoration business.

Jenkins, Janet, ed. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Minneapolis, MN: Walker Art Center, 1998, no. 11.

© 1998 Walker Art Center

object label Louise Bourgeois, The Blind Leading the Blind (1989) , 1998

“Fear holds the group together, they seem to be holding onto each other, they need each other so they won’t fall down.”–Louise Bourgeois

Label text for Louise Bourgeois, The Blind Leading the Blind (1989), from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1998.

Copyright 1998 Walker Art Center