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GENERATION: Douglas Gordon

18 July 2014

Scotland's most important artists of the past 25 years are being celebrated in GENERATION - a programe of exhibitions across the country in 2014. In a series of short films for BBC Arts, Kirsty Wark meets some of the creative minds who transformed the art scene in Scotland.

Douglas Gordon

Kirsty Wark speaks to Douglas Gordon at Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art

Much of Douglas Gordon’s art is concerned with memory and perception - using video, photography and text installations to explore the human condition.

His GENERATION piece Pretty Much Every Film and Video Work from about 1992 until Now provides an unique 'best of' collection of his art. These films are screened at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art as an installation of more than 100 old TV sets.

Douglas Gordon

Born in Glasgow in 1966, Gordon studied at both Glasgow School of Art and London’s Slade School of Art.

His 1993 work 24 Hour Psycho brought him wider public attention. He took Hitchcock’s 1960 film and slowed the frame rate down to extend its running time to 24 hours.

Gordon has won an array of major art awards, including the 1996 Turner Prize, the Venice Biennale’s Premio 2000 award in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize in 1998 and the Käthe Kollwitz Prize in 2012. He lives and works in Berlin and Glasgow.


GENERATION is a showcase of some of the most important artists to come out of Scotland in the past 25 years. It brings together work by more than 100 artists to 60 galleries and exhibition spaces across the country.

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It charts Scotland's creative development during a period which saw the country earn an international reputation as a centre for contemporary art. It produced countless award-winning artists and exhibitions.

The artists featured in GENERATION came to prominence while working in Scotland. They laid the foundations for the contemporary art scene that exists there today.

The aim of GENERATION is also to help cultivate a future generation of artists, with a education programmes and events to inspire young people.

The project is part of Culture 2014 - the Glasgow Commonwealth Games cultural programme. It is being held in partnership between the National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland.

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