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Jean Dubuffet

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Logogriph of Blades (Logogriphe aux Pales), March 31, 1969
Epoxy paint with polyurethene, 55.2 x 57.8 x 38.1 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Hannelore B. and Rudolph B. Schulhof Collection, bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, 2012
2012.53
© Jean Dubuffet, by SIAE 2012


Logogriph of Blades belongs to Dubuffet’s cycle of works entitled L’Hourloupe, begun in 1962 and inspired by a doodle he drew while on the telephone. Dubuffet said: “I associate [Hourloupe], by assonance, to ‘hurler’ [to roar], to ‘hululer’ [to hoot], to ‘loup’ [wolf], to Riquet à la Houppe and the title of Maupassant’s book Le Horla inspired by mental instability.” As in a word puzzle (logogriph), the ‘blades’ in this sculpture are scrambled, resembling ever-proliferating cellular entities. Rather than depicting reality, Dubuffet sought to evoke the way things appeared in one’s mind.

credits: Hangar Design Group