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b. 1966, Glasgow, Scotland
Douglas Gordon was born in 1966 in Glasgow. He attended the Glasgow School of Art from 1984 to 1988 and the Slade School of Fine Art in London from 1988 to 1990. Gordon has often reused older film footage in his photographs and videos; in 24 Hour Psycho (1993), for example, he slowed down the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho (1960) to two frames per second, lengthening its duration and altering the experience. Tattoo, a series of photographs from 1994, features the phrase “Trust Me” tattooed on the artist’s arm. A later photograph, Tattoo (for Reflection) (1997), shows the reflection of a man’s back tattooed that reads “GUILTY” when reflected in a mirror. In through a looking glass (1999), Gordon created a double-projection work around the climactic scene in Martin Scorsese’s film Taxi Driver (1976), in which the main character addresses the camera; the screens are arranged so that the character seems to be addressing himself. The video installation Play Dead; Real Time (2003) chronicles Gordon’s introduction of a live elephant into Gagosian Gallery in New York in 2002. Gordon recently directed, along with Philippe Parreno, the ninety-minute film Zidane: A Twenty-First-Century Portrait (2005), which, through imagery of the French soccer star, investigates and augments the history of the moving body as a subject of fascination in art. For his ongoing project List of Names, begun in 1990, Gordon installs an ever-expanding inventory of names of people he can remember having encountered onto the gallery wall.
Since his first solo exhibition, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1993, Gordon has shown at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1995), the Tate in London (1996), Dia Center for the Arts in New York (1999), Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (2001), National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh (2002), Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona (2006), Museum of Modern Art in New York (2006), National Gallery in Edinburgh (2006) Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Trento (2006), and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2007). In 2005, he curated Douglas Gordon’s The Vanity of Allegory at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. He has also exhibited widely in group shows, including Skulptur. Projekte in Münster (1997), Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (1997), Venice Biennale (1999, 2003, and 2005), Moving Pictures at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2002 and 2003), and theanyspacewhatever at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2008). He won the Turner Prize in 1996, the Premio 2000 at the Venice Biennale in 1997, and the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize in 1998. He lives and works in Glasgow and New York.