Glasgow Museums acquires a major work by Douglas Gordon
- GoMA, Gallery of Modern Art
- 10 September 2015
An archive of works by the Turner Prize-winning artist is bought with help from the Art Fund.
Pretty Much Every Film and Video Work From About 1992 Until Now. To Be Seen on Monitors, Some with Headphones, Others Run Silently, And All Simultaneously, 1992 – in progress has been acquired by the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (GoMA). The encyclopaedic collection brings together 82 film and video works – the majority of work created by Douglas Gordon – and will continue to grow as his new pieces are added to it.
Visitors will be taken on a journey through Gordon’s obsessions and anxieties. His work is haunted by opposing forces – whether it is the struggle between James Stewart’s voice and Bernard Herrmann’s film score in Hitchcock’s Vertigo or smaller-scale videos where Gordon turns against himself, wrestling his own arm. It includes 24 Hour Psycho for which he famously slowed down Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, which led to his Turner Prize nomination and subsequent win.
For Gordon, Glasgow holds a special significance. He was born there and in the mid-1980s, he studied at Glasgow School of Art, where he became associated with a tight-knit group of artists including Roddy Buchanan and Christine Borland. With the YBAs in ascendancy, the hardcore gang of Glasgow natives refused to bow to the inevitable and move south. Following Gordon’s win of the Turner Prize, the group’s reputation as a reckoning force was cemented and paved the way for many younger artists in Scotland.
Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, said: ‘As both a powerful sculptural work in its own right and an archive of the artist’s complete oeuvre in film, this is a wonderful acquisition for GoMA – confirming their close and ongoing relationship with one of the most significant and influential Scottish artists of our time’.
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