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The Extreme Present

Exhibition

The Extreme Present

Opening reception: Tuesday, December 3, 5–8pm
December 4–8, 2019
Moore Building, Miami

Gagosian is pleased to announce The Extreme Present, the fifth in a series of annual exhibitions at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District during Art Basel Miami Beach, presented by Gagosian and Jeffrey Deitch. The Extreme Present will explore artists’ reactions to the conditions of our accelerating and increasingly complex world. The title is inspired by The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present, a book by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, published in 2015. Their provocative thesis addresses the rapidly evolving digital era, half a century after Marshall McLuhan’s groundbreaking study on technology’s influence on culture, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, in which he coined the phrase “the medium is the message.” Works in this exhibition explore concepts of media, communication, togetherness, and isolation.

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The Extreme Present

Gagosian at Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, Paris, 2019

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Gagosian at Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées

Opening reception: Saturday, October 12, 6:30–8pm
October 12–20, 2019
Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, Paris
galerieslafayettechampselysees.com

In celebration of FIAC in Paris, Gagosian is pleased to collaborate with Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées on a two-floor pop-up takeover featuring products related to Gagosian artists. On the first floor, the Coin Culture section will feature catalogues, posters, apparel, and audio productions. The second floor, the Library, will house an additional selection of limited-edition books, publications, and catalogues raisonnés.

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Gagosian at Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées, Paris, 2019

Douglas Gordon, I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person, 2016 (still) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

In Conversation

Douglas Gordon, Michel Auder, Lolita Jablonskienė

Saturday, June 15, 2019, 5–6pm
Messe Basel
artbasel.com/basel

Douglas Gordon will speak with photographer Michel Auder and art critic Lolita Jablonskienė on the life and legacy of Jonas Mekas, the “godfather of avant-garde film.” All three speakers were friends and admirers of Mekas. Gordon’s 2016 film I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person incorporates one minute of real-time footage per year of Mekas’s momentous life, covering his departure from his native Lithuania, to his time in forced-labor camps and a displaced persons’ center during World War II, to his eventual arrival in New York, and beyond. The discussion, moderated by Maxa Zoller, curator of Art Basel’s Film Sector, is titled “‘Reminiscence of a Journey’—The Legacy of Jonas Mekas.” The event is free to attend.

Douglas Gordon, I had nowhere to go: Portrait of a displaced person, 2016 (still) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

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Gagosian at Selfridges Corner Shop

Through March 30, 2019
Selfridges, London
www.selfridges.com

Selfridges has invited the Gagosian Shop to showcase a curated selection of items at the department store’s Corner Shop in anticipation of the unveiling of London’s new Elizabeth railway line in 2020. The pop-up features apparel by Douglas Gordon and prints by Richard Wright—both artists who will have new public installations in the Tottenham Court Road station, located close to Selfridges—and much more.

To celebrate the closing of the collaboration, Gagosian and Selfridges will host a reception at the Corner Shop in Selfridges on Thursday, March 28, from 6pm to 8pm. To attend the event, RSVP to rsvplondon@gagosian.com.

Photo: Lucy Dawkins

Selfridges Oxford Street shop windows featuring work by Richard Wright, London, 2019

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Douglas Gordon and Richard Wright
at Selfridges

Through March 28, 2019
Selfridges, London
www.selfridges.com

Ahead of the unveiling of London’s new Elizabeth railway line in 2020, Douglas Gordon and Richard Wright were commissioned to create artworks for the windows of Selfridges as part of the department store’s recently launched State of the Arts project.

Selfridges Oxford Street shop windows featuring work by Richard Wright, London, 2019

Douglas Gordon, Portrait of Janus (divided states), 2017 (still) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Commissioned and produced by Locus+

Screening

Douglas Gordon
Portrait of Janus (divided states)

Saturday, December 15, 2018, 8pm
Babylon, Berlin
www.videoart-at-midnight.de

Douglas Gordon’s film Portrait of Janus (divided states) (2017) will be screened in Berlin. The film captures the tattooing of the boundary line of Korea’s demilitarized zone, the strip of land separating North and South Korea, along the spine of a young Korean man, Janus Hoon Jang, accompanied by a cello improvisation by Okkyung Lee. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Douglas Gordon, Portrait of Janus (divided states), 2017 (still) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Commissioned and produced by Locus+

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Announcements

Honor

Douglas Gordon
Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters

Douglas Gordon will officially receive the title of Commander of Arts and Letters (Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres) in a private ceremony in Berlin, where Gordon lives and works. The Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) recognizes eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world.

Douglas Gordon

Video

Douglas Gordon
The Only Way Out Is The Only Way

In this episode of ABC News’s The Mix, Tim Stone from ABC Arts speaks with Douglas Gordon about Gordon’s exhibition The Only Way Out Is The Only Way at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, in 2014. The title of his exhibition was inspired by British singer Cliff Richard, to whom Douglas dedicated the expansive exhibition.

Gagosian App for iPad

New Release

Gagosian App for iPad
Issue 2

Gagosian announces the release of issue 2 of the Gagosian App for iPad on September 22, 2011. Artists featured in this issue include Cecily Brown, John Chamberlain, Douglas Gordon, Arshile Gorky, Joel Morrison, Takashi Murakami, Elizabeth Peyton, Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Mark Tansey, Robert Therrien, and Andy Warhol.

In issue 2 experience Douglas Gordon’s film k.364 (2010)through a dual-channel 3-D room, explore the world of Robert Therrien as he transforms elements from everyday life into works of art that evoke mythic archetypes, and trace the evolution of economics over time through key figures identified in Mark Tansey’s EC 101 (2009), viewing fine-grained detail in high resolution with gigapixel zoom and artwork rotator. We also introduce the issue manager, which allows users to store and browse multiple issues at once.

Museum Exhibitions

Douglas Gordon, Monster, 1996–97 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

On View

Mask
In Present-Day Art

Through January 5, 2020
Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau, Switzerland
www.aargauerkunsthaus.ch

This exhibition explores how the subject of the mask is being addressed in contemporary art. Interest in masks among contemporary artists focuses not just on the mask as an object but also, and in particular, on its social, cultural, and political implications. Work by Theaster Gates, Douglas Gordon, and Cindy Sherman is included.

Douglas Gordon, Monster, 1996–97 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Douglas Gordon, 
Phantom, 2011 (still) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

On View

Douglas Gordon
In My Shadow

Through February 16, 2020
ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Denmark
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This solo presentation is one of the most extensive exhibitions of Douglas Gordon’s work in Europe to date and shows a wide selection of the artist’s most important works.

Douglas Gordon, 
Phantom, 2011 (still) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Douglas Gordon, Déjà-Vu, 2000
, installation view, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles. Artwork © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
. D.O.A., 1950, USA. Directed by Rudolph Maté. Produced by Joseph H. Nadel, Harry M. Popkin, and Leo C. Popkin. Distributed by United Artists © Cardinal Pictures. Photo: Brian Forrest
 

On View

In Production
Art and the Studio System

Through March 1, 2020
Yuz Museum, Shanghai
www.yuzmshanghai.org

In Production: Art and the Studio System emphasizes the overlapping histories of visual art and film, with a particular focus on how the site of the studio, both in visual arts and in cinematic production, has radically shifted in the last twenty years. The exhibition highlights the exceptional gifts and acquisitions related to film and video that have entered the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s permanent collection in recent years including work by Piero Golia, Douglas Gordon, Alex Israel, and Mike Kelley.

Douglas Gordon, Déjà-Vu, 2000
, installation view, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles. Artwork © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
. D.O.A., 1950, USA. Directed by Rudolph Maté. Produced by Joseph H. Nadel, Harry M. Popkin, and Leo C. Popkin. Distributed by United Artists © Cardinal Pictures. Photo: Brian Forrest
 

Douglas Gordon, Psycho Hitchhiker, 1993 © Douglas Gordon/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2019

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Douglas Gordon in
Hey Psycho!

May 9–November 24, 2019
Arsenale Institute for Politics of Representation, Venice

This exhibition looks at the work of two artists, Douglas Gordon and Florian Süssmayr, who share common backgrounds in film, music, and art, independent of national interests, in the historic context of Venice. Notably, Gordon’s film installation 24 Hour Psycho (1993) is viewable from the Riva dei Sette Martiri, between the Arsenale and Giardini, day and night. The show also includes new neon and sprayed texts and sculpture by Gordon. Pink neons in the windows, visible from afar, with the words “non-stop,” reflect on the uncontrollable nature of psychosis and obsession.

Douglas Gordon, Psycho Hitchhiker, 1993 © Douglas Gordon/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2019

Douglas Gordon, Feature Film, 1999 (still) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

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Douglas Gordon
Feature Film

April 29–September 1, 2019
The Tanks, Tate Modern, London
www.tate.org.uk

Douglas Gordon’s Feature Film (1999) 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).

Douglas Gordon, Feature Film, 1999 (still) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Douglas Gordon, Self Portrait of You + Me (2 piece Andy), 2008 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2019

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Douglas Gordon in
Fire: Flashes to Ashes in British Art 1692–2019

June 15–September 1, 2019
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
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The show examines how artists’ approach to the subject of fire has changed over time, recording historical, religious, domestic, and natural events. This exhibition is the third in a series of element-themed exhibitions at the RWA, bringing together a number of important historic, modern, and contemporary artworks. Work by Douglas Gordon is included.

Douglas Gordon, Self Portrait of You + Me (2 piece Andy), 2008 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2019

Douglas Gordon, The Making of Monster, 1996 (still) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

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Douglas Gordon in
Talking Heads: Contemporary Dialogues with F. X. Messerschmidt

March 8–August 18, 2019
Belvedere, Vienna
www.belvedere.at

Taking Franz Xaver Messerschmidt’s famous “character heads” as its starting point, this exhibition takes a look at extreme psychological states depicted in images of faces or busts. What endures in our “facial society” beyond the realm of Facebook and selfies? To answer this question, this show juxtaposes Messerschmidt’s sculptural heads with works by contemporary artists. Work by Douglas Gordon is included.

Douglas Gordon, The Making of Monster, 1996 (still) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

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

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Douglas Gordon in
Foot et monde arabe: La révolution du ballon rond

April 10–July 21, 2019
Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
www.imarabe.org

This exhibition examines football as a key to understanding the political and social issues structuring the Arab world. The show, whose title translates to Football and the Arab World, includes ephemera, photographs, documentaries, interviews, and contemporary art. Work by Douglas Gordon is included.

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

Douglas Gordon, August 12, 1999, 2011 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

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Fly Me to the Moon
The Moon Landing: 50 Years On

April 5–June 30, 2019
Kunsthaus Zurich
www.kunsthaus.ch

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first moon landing, and this exhibition explores the history of artists’ engagement with the moon via some two hundred works. Divided into thematic sections, the show focuses on subjects such as lunar topography, moonlit night, the moon’s shadow, ailments associated with the moon, zero gravity, and the moon as mass-media phenomenon. Work by Douglas Gordon and Andy Warhol is included.

Douglas Gordon, August 12, 1999, 2011 © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Douglas Gordon, New Colour Empire, 2006 (still) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

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Douglas Gordon in
O tempo mata: Imagem em movimento na Julia Stoschek Collection

March 21–June 16, 2019
Sesc Avenida Paulista, São Paulo
www.sescsp.org.br

This exhibition, whose title translates to Time Kills, brings together works by seventeen artists from the Julia Stoschek Collection who work with film and video. Covering more than six decades of audiovisual production, the show focuses on themes such as race, visual culture, gender identity, media circulation, and the role of artists in society. Work by Douglas Gordon is included.

Douglas Gordon, New Colour Empire, 2006 (still) © Studio lost but found/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

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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Douglas Gordon in
I to Eye

June 27, 2018–April 27, 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 circles 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

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

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How to See [What Isn’t There]

September 9, 2018–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

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