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Douglas Gordon

"Douglas Gordon: back and forth and forth and back" Installation view at Gagosian West 21st Street, New York Artwork © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Psycho, 1960, USA. Directed and Produced by Alfred Hitchcock. Distributed by Paramount Pictures © Universal City Studios

"Douglas Gordon: back and forth and forth and back" Installation view at Gagosian West 21st Street, New York Artwork © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Psycho, 1960, USA. Directed and Produced by Alfred Hitchcock. Distributed by Paramount Pictures © Universal City Studios

Douglas Gordon I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person, 2016 Super 8 film and video transferred to digital video, color and black, sound, 97 min. Artwork © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst,Bonn 2017 Film still courtesy moneypenny and olddognewtricks gmbh

Douglas Gordon I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person, 2016

Super 8 film and video transferred to digital video, color and black, sound, 97 min. Artwork © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst,Bonn 2017 Film still courtesy moneypenny and olddognewtricks gmbh

Douglas Gordon, Exhibit D, 2016 Carrara marble, 6 11/16 × 4 5/16 × 3 9/16 inches (17 × 11 × 9 cm)© Studio lost but found / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, photo by Studio lost but found / Katharina Kiebacher

Douglas Gordon, Exhibit D, 2016

Carrara marble, 6 11/16 × 4 5/16 × 3 9/16 inches (17 × 11 × 9 cm)
© Studio lost but found / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, photo by Studio lost but found / Katharina Kiebacher

Douglas Gordon, ghosts, 2013 Enamel spray on paint on aluminum, 59 1/16 × 78 ¾ inches (150 × 200 cm)© lost but found

Douglas Gordon, ghosts, 2013

Enamel spray on paint on aluminum, 59 1/16 × 78 ¾ inches (150 × 200 cm)
© lost but found

Douglas Gordon, Henry Rebel, 2011 Video installation, two HD video projections, sound, 93 min, looped, Dimensions variable, edition of 3. Installation at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt© lost but found

Douglas Gordon, Henry Rebel, 2011

Video installation, two HD video projections, sound, 93 min, looped, Dimensions variable, edition of 3. Installation at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
© lost but found

Douglas Gordon, Phantom, 2011 Video installation: a stage, a screen, a burnt steinway piano, a black steinway piano and a monitor, Dimensions variable, edition of 3© lost but found

Douglas Gordon, Phantom, 2011

Video installation: a stage, a screen, a burnt steinway piano, a black steinway piano and a monitor, Dimensions variable, edition of 3
© lost but found

Douglas Gordon, Tryst between RWF and AR via RAG, 2008 Red and white neon, Plexiglas, aluminum, cables and transformer, 118 ⅛ × 49 3/16 × 15 11/16 inches (300 × 125 × 40 cm), edition of 6© lost but found

Douglas Gordon, Tryst between RWF and AR via RAG, 2008

Red and white neon, Plexiglas, aluminum, cables and transformer, 118 ⅛ × 49 3/16 × 15 11/16 inches (300 × 125 × 40 cm), edition of 6
© lost but found

Douglas Gordon, Self Portrait of You + Me (Jackie smiling II), 2008 Burned print, smoke and mirror, 45 ⅜ × 36 13/16 inches (115.2 × 93.5 cm)© lost but found

Douglas Gordon, Self Portrait of You + Me (Jackie smiling II), 2008

Burned print, smoke and mirror, 45 ⅜ × 36 13/16 inches (115.2 × 93.5 cm)
© lost but found

About

Douglas Gordon is a conjurer of collective memory and perceptual surprise whose tools include commodities and mechanisms of everyday life. Into a diverse body of work—spanning narrative video and film, sound, photographic objects, and texts both as site-specific installation and printed media—he infuses a combination of humor and trepidation to recalibrate reactions to the familiar.

Douglas Gordon was born in 1966 in Glasgow, and lives in Berlin and Paris. Collections include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Tate, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; MUSAC - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; and Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. Institutional exhibitions include “Douglas Gordon: Timeline,” Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006, traveled to MALBA - Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires); “Pretty much every film and video work from about 1992 until now,” British School at Rome (2007, traveled to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art); “Douglas Gordon. Between Darkness and Light. Works 1993—2004,” Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2007); Tate, London (2010); Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt am Main (2011–12); “I am also ....,” Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2013); “Everything Is Nothing without Its Reflection – A Photographic Pantomime,” Museum Folkwang, Germany (2013); “Pretty much every film and video work from about 1992 until now,” Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris (2014); “the only way out is the only way in: Douglas Gordon,” Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2014); the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); PRISMES, Paris Photo, Grand Palais (2016); Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (2017); and documenta 14, Athens (2017). Gordon’s film works have been shown at the Festival de Cannes; Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF); Venice Film Festival; and Glasgow Film Festival, among others.

In 2008 Gordon was Juror at the 65th International Venice Film Festival, and in 2012 he was the Jury president of Cinema XXI at the 7th Rome Film Festival. In 1996, he received the Turner Prize and the Kunstpreis Niedersachsen, Kunstverein Hannover. He was awarded the Premio 2000 at the 47th Biennale di Venezia (1997); the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York (1998); the Roswitha Haftmann Prize awarded by the Kunsthaus Zürich (2008); and the Käthe-Kollwitz Prize awarded by the Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2012). In 2012, Gordon became a Commandeur dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, awarded the title by the French Cultural Minister in Berlin on behalf of the French Republic.

Gordon has also been commissioned to produce an original public artwork for the new Crossrail station at Tottenham Court Road, London, opening in December 2018.

Douglas Gordon

Photo: Colin Davison/Bridgeman Images

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Fairs, Events & Announcements

Taryn Simon, Professional Mourners, 2018 © Taryn Simon

Auction

Artists for Artangel

Live auction: June 28, 2018
Banqueting House, London

Online auction: June 7–28, 2018
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Exhibition: June 8–27, 2018
Cork Street Galleries, London

Artists for Artangel is a special auction to benefit Artangel’s ambitious projects in contemporary art. For over thirty years, Artangel has worked with artists to produce extraordinary artworks of public import in unexpected places. Commissions by gallery artists include Rachel Whiteread’s House (1993), a negative concrete cast of a condemned terrace house in Bow, London; Douglas Gordon’s Feature Film (1998); and most recently, Taryn Simon’s highly acclaimed performance on the culture of mourning, An Occupation of Loss (2016 and 2018), presented in an astonishing underground location in Islington, London. For information on works in the auction or how to bid, go to www.artangel.org.uk.


Taryn Simon, Professional Mourners, 2018 © Taryn Simon

Douglas Gordon, I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person, 2016 (detail) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Art Fair

Art Basel Unlimited
Douglas Gordon

June 14–17, 2018
Messe Basel, hall 1
www.artbasel.com

Douglas Gordon’s 2016 film I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person will be presented at Art Basel Unlimited (stand U28). The film is a portrait of Jonas Mekas, the legendary artist, filmmaker, poet, curator, and godfather of American avant-garde cinema. At ninety-five years old, Mekas is among the few remaining survivors of Nazi persecution. The film has been hailed by critics and viewers alike for its revelatory treatment of history and innovative approach to the biographical genre.

Gordon’s Feature Film (1999) will be screened at 9pm on Thursday, June 14, as part of the Art Basel Short Film Program. The film focuses intimately on the hands and facial gestures of conductor James Conlon while he conducts the orchestra of the Opéra National de Paris in performing the haunting soundtrack of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958). To reserve tickets, contact film@artbasel.com.

Visit our Artsy page to preview Gordon’s work at Unlimited, and for an online-only presentation of his photographs and prints.

Douglas Gordon, I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person, 2016 (detail) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Douglas Gordon, I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person, 2016 (detail) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Screening

Douglas Gordon
I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person

May 11–17, 2018
Anthology Film Archives, New York
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Anthology Film Archives will screen Douglas Gordon’s 2016 film I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person. The film is an intimate portrait of the legendary poet, film critic, and risk-taking curator Jonas Mekas, who had been dubbed “the godfather of American avant-garde cinema,” and who at ninety-four years old is also among the remaining few to have escaped and survived Nazi persecution.

Douglas Gordon, I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person, 2016 (detail) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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Museum Exhibitions

Douglas Gordon, Self-Portrait of You + Me (David Bowie), 2007 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018

Closing Today

Douglas Gordon in
The Rat-Catcher

Through September 24, 2018
Wrocław Contemporary Museum, Poland
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The starting point for this exhibition will be the 1986 Polish documentary The Rat-Catcher (directed by Andrzej Czarnecki). The show will focus on human nature and on the psyche. Work by Douglas Gordon will be included.

Douglas Gordon, Self-Portrait of You + Me (David Bowie), 2007 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018

Douglas Gordon and Philipe Parreno, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, 2006 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018 and © Philipe Parreno

On View

Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno
Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait

Through November 25, 2018
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand
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Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait is a film collaboration between Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno. Shot on seventeen synchronized cameras, Zidane frames the movements of footballer Zinédine Zidane in real time over the course of a single match between Real Madrid and Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid on April 23, 2005.

Douglas Gordon and Philipe Parreno, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, 2006 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018 and © Philipe Parreno

Urs Fischer, Mr. Flosky, 2001–02 © Urs Fischer

On View

How to See [What Isn’t There]

Through March 17, 2019
Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
www.langenfoundation.de

How to See [What Isn’t There] brings together works from the Burger Collection Hong Kong by thirty-two artists from around the world. The exhibition features forty-five works including sculpture, installation, painting, photography, video, VR, and performance. The artists and works that have been selected for this exhibition highlight and blur the lines between presence and absence. Work by Urs Fischer and Douglas Gordon is included.

Urs Fischer, Mr. Flosky, 2001–02 © Urs Fischer

Installation view, I to Eye, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, June 27, 2018–April 2019. Artwork © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

On View

Douglas Gordon in
I to Eye

Through April 20, 2019
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
www.imj.org.il

Every day we encounter family members, friends, visitors, and strangers and over the course of our lives, our social circle continues to expand. Modern technology makes us feel more connected than ever, allowing us to “meet” an endless number of friends at any time through our screens and to feel like we are never alone—but are we? This exhibition uses artworks to examine the changing social landscape of the virtual age, illuminating the importance of real relationships in our lives. Work by Douglas Gordon is included.

Installation view, I to Eye, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, June 27, 2018–April 2019. Artwork © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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