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
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.
Douglas Gordon was born in 1966 in Glasgow, Scotland. From 1984 to 1988, Gordon studied at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, and from 1988 to 1990, he studied at The Slade School of Art, London. Gordon has had numerous solo exhibitions including ARC Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2000); Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens (2000); Museu de Serralves, Portugal (2000); Fondacio Joan Miro, Barcelona (2001); MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles (2001, traveled to Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., through 2004); Towner Art Gallery and Museum, England (2002); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2002); Van Abbemuseum, The Netherlands (2003); Museo Tamayo and Instituto Nacionale de Bellas Artes, Mexico (2003); Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2003); Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Sweden (2003); Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, Berlin (2005); Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART), Italy (2006); The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006, traveled to Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires–Colección Constantini, Buenos Aires); MALBA Colección Costantini, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina (2007); British School at Rome, Italy (2007, traveled to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2007); La Collection Lambert en Avignon, France (2008); Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2008); Van Abbe Museum, The Netherlands (2009); The Tate Britain, London (2010); Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Germany (2011); Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2013); Museum Folkwang, Germany (2013); Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris (2014); Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Australia (2014); and Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa, Spain (2015). Gordon’s 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 has received several awards including the Turner Prize, London (1996); Premio 2000, Venice Biennale, Italy (1997); Hugo Boss Prize, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York (1998); Roswitha Haftmann Prize, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland (2008); and Käthe–Kollwitz–Preis, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2012).
Gordon currently lives and works in Berlin, Glasgow, and New York.