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Edition No. 32

staying home and going out, 2005

Who am I? The edition accompanying Douglas Gordon’s The VANITY of Allegory at the Deutsche Guggenheim revolves, just like the exhibition itself, around the theme of self-reflection. Interested principally in dualities, Gordon frequently makes use in his self-representations of a substitute or double, who is supposed to divert attention away from his own person. When he himself appears in the work, then this is always in disguise, as if he had to first distance himself from himself in order to represent himself.

In the Edition No. 32, Douglas Gordon portrays himself twice in disguise – in staying home with a black wig and in going out with a blond one. At the same time, the 100 Polaroids which Gordon has made of himself present an image which is constantly undergoing transformation. Sometimes he appears sensuous, sometimes exhausted, sometimes shy, sometimes defiant. Each photograph and each instant is unique and at the same time raises the question as to the true image of the artist.


100 unique pictures in two series of 50 specimens
dated and signed

Order No

08755 (staying home, 2005 / with black wig)
08756 (going out, 2005 / with blond wig)


400 EUR
350 EUR (Club)

Douglas Gordon
staying home and going out, 2005
Polaroid prints
2 7/8 x 3 9/16 inches (7.3 x 9 cm) each
© 2005 Douglas Gordon, Photos by David Heald

For further information please contact

Deutsche Guggenheim
Unter den Linden 13-15
10117 Berlin
T. 030-202093-15/-16
F. 030-202093-20