Douglas Gordon - Photographs New York Tuesday, April 4, 2023 | Phillips

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  • With a keen interest in contemporary culture, multi-disciplinary artist Douglas Gordon explores the space between intention and perception. In his series Self Portrait of You + Me, Gordon appropriates well known images of celebrities, be it Warhol’s portraits of Marilyn and Elvis or, as seen here, Michel Linssen’s 1992 portrait of grunge rocker Kurt Cobain. The photographs are then burned and mounted to a mirror. By doing so, Gordon ensnares the viewer into an instant dialogue with the work as their reflection looks back at them beyond the rough edges of the print.

    • Provenance

      Acquired directly from the artist, 2007

    • Exhibited

      Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.; The Contemporary Art Museum of Luxembourg; Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, 24 October 2013- 15 February 2015

    • Literature

      Prestel, Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950, pp. 135, 216

Photographs from an Important Collection


Self Portrait of You + Me (Kurt Cobain)

Burnt photograph mounted to mirror, in artist’s frame.
37 1/4 x 34 1/2 in. (94.6 x 87.6 cm)
Overall 44 1/8 x 41 1/4 in. (112.1 x 104.8 cm)

Full Cataloguing

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $13,970

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 4 April 2023