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Douglas Gordon
Vancouver Art Gallery
March 9 to Jun 16, 2002

Douglas Gordon, Selfportrait as Kurt Cobain, as Andy Warhol, as Myra Hindley, as Marilyn Monroe (detail) 1996, collection of Audrey Irmas, Los Angeles [Vancouver Art Gallery, Mar 9-June 16, 2002]

Douglas Gordon, born in Glasgow in 1966, is one of the most notable artists of his generation. Concerned with media, communication technologies and representation, Gordon explores ideas through film, video, photography and the use of appropriated material. Gordon is best known for his video installations that manipulate and re-present classic Hollywood films such as Psycho and The Searchers, but he is equally active with photography and text works. His work is characterized by an innovative fluidity between video and film, original and appropriated footage, which often explores themes such as temptation and fear, life and death, good and evil, guilt and innocence.

Through his appropriation of contemporary society’s communication structures, Gordon explores the mind’s desire to create meaning, encouraging the viewer’s active participation. Interested in cultural context as a hidden influence on our perceptions of the world, Gordon explores influences that have origins outside of real experience but that nonetheless shape our reading of reality.

This touring exhibition, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, is the first North American survey of this Scottish artist. The ambitious exhibition includes 13 installations and 11 photographic works. It provides a rare opportunity to see most of the major works produced by Douglas Gordon over the past ten years. Despite the artist’s international presence and his direct links to art and ideas of this community, his work has not previously been substantially exhibited in Vancouver. Gordon’s video installations have strong links to classic Hollywood films and popular cinema and can be enjoyed by a wide audience who are engaged by film, new media and international contemporary art.

FEATURES, NEW & OLD: Archipenko: A Modern Legacy | Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style | Tori Foster: Traces of Beings | Royal Nebeker: Dreams and Allusions / Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories | Peter Aspell: Saints and Sinners, Mystics and Madness / The Mad Alchemist | Paradox of Place: Contemporary Korean Art | Art AIDS America | Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris | Fred Schiffer: Lives in Photos | Future Station | Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form | 2014 Bonifacho | The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden | Edgardo Aragón: Ley Fuga | Vanishing Ice | Kingston Prize | Charles Edenshaw | Jillian McDonald | William Perehudoff | Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough:The Treasures of Kenwood House, London | Carrying on Irregardless | Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou | James Nizam: Trace Heavens | Gaugin & Polynesia | Leslie Dill's Poetic Vision | Preview's 25th Anniversary in Print | The Surrealist Revolution in Art | Carl Beam | Shadows of a Fleeting World: Seattle Camera Club | Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National, Paris | Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880-2010 | Fleeting Beauty: Japanese Woodblock Prints | Judy Radul: World Rehearsal Court | Requiem: BY Photographers Who Died in Vietnam & Indochina | Andreas Gurksy: Werke/Works 80-08 | Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers II | Action-Camera: Beijing Performance Photography | Hiro Yamagata: T R A N S I E N T | Henk Pander: History and Typography | Mandy Greer: Dare alla Luce | Generation: Images of Youth | Rembrandt & Dutch Art's Golden Age | Seattle Art Museum at 75 | Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings | Joanna Staniszkis: Silk City | Rodin: In His Own Words | First Nations Art: Historic to Contemporary | Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes | Three Rivers: Wild Waters, Sacred Places | Portland Art Museum | Acting Out: Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore | Isamu Noguchi: Sculptural Design | Rhythm and Change: The Bow in Contemporary Art | Douglas Curran: The Elephant Has Four Hearts | Fay Jones: Recent Paintings | Massive Change: Bruce Mau | Web Images: Quick Guide | Treasures From the Kröller-Müller | Gerry Deiter: Give Peace a Chance | InFest: International Artist-Run Culture | Silver: Dreams, Screens & Theories | Paul Wong: COLLECT | James Turrell: Knowing Light | Joanna Staniszkis: Linen’s Edge | Daniel Joliffe/Jocelyn Robert: Ground Station | Bratsa Bonifacho: Habitat Pixel | Edouardo Kac: Contemporary Art Explores Human Genomics | Douglas Gordon at the VAG | Walk Ways Explore Body-Mind Connection

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