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.
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, Scotland. From 1984 to 1988, Gordon studied at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, and from 1988 to 1990, he studied at Slade School of Fine 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 Serralves Contemporânea, Portugal (2000); Fondacio Joan Miro, Barcelona (2001); Geffen Contemporary at Museum of Contemporary Art, 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); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2002); Van Abbemuseum, the Netherlands (2003); Museo Tamayo and Instituto Nacionale de Bellas Artes, Mexico (2003); Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, Berlin (2005); Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MART), Italy (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2006, traveled to Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires—Colección Constantini, Buenos Aires, through 2007); British School at Rome, Italy (2007, traveled to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2007); Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2008); Van Abbemuseum, the Netherlands (2009); Tate Britain, London (2010); Museum für 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, Melbourne (2014); Museu d’Art Contemporani d’Eivissa, Spain (2015); PRISMES, Paris Photo, Grand Palais (2016); Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (2017); and Documenta 14, Athens (2017). Gordon’s film works have been invited to the Festival de Cannes; Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF); Venice Film Festival; and Glasgow 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); Käthe-Kollwitz-Preis, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2012); and Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters (2017).
Gordon currently lives and works in Berlin, Glasgow, and New York.