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Artist a Day: Douglas Gordon 

Douglas Gordon  (b.1966) 

Douglas Gordon is a Scottish artist living and working in Berlin. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 1996, the Premio 2000 at the 47th Venice Biennale in 1997, and the Hugo Boss Prize in 1998.

Untitled (The End),  1995 

Douglas Works

Works on paper, Watercolor and ink on graph paper ,  27.9 x 36.8 cm.

Self-portrait of You and Me (Marylin), 2007 

Douglas Works

Works on paper, Mixed Media, 53.3 x 53.3 cm

Much of what Gordon does is related to memory and repetition in different forms. He uses material from the public sphere and also creates performance-based videos.

Larger than life, Life size and Smaller than life, 2011 

Douglas Works

Photographs, 34 x 25.5 cm.

Forty, 2007 

Douglas Works

Collage, 81.6 x 61.3 cm.

“You pull yourself up and you push it out”.  -Douglas Gordon

Sers la bonne cause et meurs, 2019 

Douglas Works

Sculpture, Engraved mirror , 30 x 77 x 1.5 cm.

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Self Portrait of You + Me (Elv 4 pieces), 2015 

Douglas Works

Installation , Impression brûlée, 286 x 252 x 5 cm.

In his work, he often turns traditional approaches on their head by playing with time elements and telling tall stories aloud for the camera.

Le Nombril Du Monde,  2019 

Douglas Works

Sculpture, Neon , 179.5 x 150 x 34 cm.

Hocus Pocus, 2018 

Douglas Works

Sculpture, Néon / Neon , 65 x 76 cm.

Gordon has also made some photographs, usually by making copies of the same picture with minor changes.  His Blind Stars (2002) features publicity photos from the mid-20th century in which the star's eyes are cut out and replaced with something else.

feelings, 2019 

Douglas Works

Sculpture, Neon , 118 x 15cm

Self Portraits of You + Me (Lauren Bacall), 2006 

Douglas Works

Photographs, Impression brûlée, 24 x 19 cm.