Private view

Douglas Gordon is Scotland's Damien Hirst. The difference is, Hirst is loved by dealers and Gordon by galleries—he is the Zen master of conceptual Scotart

By Ben Lewis   129

We have Damien, they’ve got Douglas. Scotland has its own fabulously successful artist who came to prominence in the 1990s, and recently turned 40: Douglas Gordon. Just don’t say “Scotart.”

There are some strange artistic parallels between Hirst (b.1965) and Gordon (b.1966). First there are the dying flies. Hirst’s A Thousand Years was a large pair of vitrines in which flies feed off a cow’s head in one, and are electrocuted in another. Gordon made Film Noir (Fly), a video in which he glued a fly on its back to a table and filmed it twitching its legs in the…

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