Douglas Gordon

100 Blind Stars

About this artwork

In ‘100 Blind Stars’ Gordon selected one-hundred publicity photographs of film-stars and cut out their eyes, leaving the empty sockets white, black or mirrored. The eyes are traditionally thought of as the windows of the soul: they show our emotions and reveal something of our character. For the actor, the eyes are essential tools in creating allure and emotion, and fashioning a completely fictional character. Moreover, we may think we know the film-star, but our knowledge is mediated through films and magazines. Shorn of their eyes they seem empty and even sinister. Here, as in much of Douglas Gordon’s art, there is a duality at work: between the actor and the viewer; and between the real and the fictional.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Douglas Gordon (born 1966) Scottish
  • title:
    100 Blind Stars
  • date created:
    2002/3
  • materials:
    Black and white and colour photographs with collage
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Long loan in 2004
  • accession number:
    GML 1085
  • gallery:
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Douglas Gordon

Douglas Gordon