Self-Portraits of You + Me
Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Douglas Gordon. Self-Portraits of You + Me (Bond Girls) features images of the actresses who have played alongside James Bond over the last forty years. This group of photographs is part of a series of works, entitled Self-Portraits of You + Me, in which the artist explores the idea of excessive adoration and accidental mutilation of iconic images.
The Bond Girls have been specifically chosen for the artist's first exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in London. In each portrait, the eyes have been cut from the face and the remaining features burned almost past recognition. Behind each of the reworked portraits is a mirrored surface that challenges the viewer to look beyond the photographic remains. As with his earlier Blind Star photographs of 2002, Gordon destablises our familiarity with Hollywood icons and the art system.
Douglas Gordon was born in 1966 in Glasgow. His work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions throughout the world, including Douglas Gordon: Timeline, on view at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2006. His film Zinedine Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, co-authored with Philippe Parenno, premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and has been released in theaters throughout Europe. Gordon's video work, text pieces, and photographs will be shown in Douglas Gordon, on view 2 November 2006 through 14 January 2007 at the Royal Scottish Academy and Inverleith House, both in Edinburgh.
Douglas Gordon was born in 1966 in Glasgow, Scotland. He lives and works in New York. After receiving a B.A. at the Glasgow School of Art from 1984 to 1988, Gordon undertook a graduate program at the Slade School of Art in London from 1988 to 1990. Through his work in video, photography, and sculpture, Gordon addresses and explores universal dualities: life and death, good and evil. Since his first solo show in 1986, he has exhibited extensively, including the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; the Muse'e d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Centro Cultrual de Bele'm in Portugal, and the DIA Center for the Arts in New York. A 2001 retrospective organized by the Geffen Contemporary in Los Angeles traveled to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.. In 2006, his work will be the subject of exhibitions appearing at the Fundacio' Joan Miro', Barcelona; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland; and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Trento, Italy.
Gordon was the 1996 recipient of Britain's Turner Prize, in 1997 was awarded Premio 2000 at the Venice Biennial, and in 1998 he was presented with the Hugo Boss Prize at the Guggenheim Museum in SoHo. He was also included in the SkulpturProjekte in Munster in 1997
Opening reception for the artist: Sunday, 9 October, 6 - 8pm
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