press release

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
Self-Portraits of You + Me (Bond Girls)