Douglas Gordon

DOUGLAS GORDON, Self Portrait of You + Me (Jackie smiling II), 2008, burned print, smoke and mirror, 45 3/8 × 36 13/16 inches (115.2 × 93.5 cm) © lost but found

Douglas Gordon Listed Exhibitions (129 Kb)
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Douglas Gordon was born in Glasgow in 1966. After receiving a B.A. at the Glasgow School of Art from 1984 to 1988, Gordon undertook a post-graduate program at the Slade School of Art in London from 1988 to 1990.  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—which spans 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. He was the recipient of the 1996 Turner Prize, the 1997 Venice Biennial's Premio 2000 award, the 1998 Hugo Boss Prize awarded by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the 2008 Roswitha Haftmann Prize, and the 2012 Käthe Kollwitz Prize.

Gordon has had numerous solo exhibitions including “Black Spot,” Tate Liverpool (2000); and “Douglas Gordon,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001); In 2005, he curated "The Vanity of Allegory," an exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin and released the film Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival before screenings at numerous international venues. Further solo exhibitions include “Pretty much every word written, spoken, heard, overheard from 1989…,” the MART, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy (2006); “Superhumanatural,” National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (2006); “Timeline,” Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006; traveled to MALBA Colección Costantini, Buenos Aires through 2007); “Between Darkness and Light: Works 1989–2007,” Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2007); “Blood, Sweat, Tears,” DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague (2009); and “Pretty much every film and video work from about 1992 until now,” Musée d’Art Modern, Paris (2014). k.364 premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2010, and Henry Rebel: Drawing and Burning premiered at Art Basel’s Art Unlimited in 2012. His film works have been invited to the Festival de Cannes, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Venice Film Festival, and Edinburgh International Film Festival among many others.

Gordon lives and works in Berlin and Glasgow.