Douglas Gordon

Self-portrait as Kurt Cobain, as Andy Warhol, as Myra Hindley, as Marilyn Monroe

About this artwork

In this self-portrait, Gordon merges and mimics iconic images of well-known blondes - Cobain, Warhol, Hindley and Monroe - in a single photograph. All the figures appropriated by Gordon had obviously dyed hair, and the artist contrasts their often notorious life histories with ideas of purity traditionally associated with blondeness. Gordon's pose also refers to 'Rrose Sélavy', the notorious alter ego of the Dada artist, Marcel Duchamp.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Self-portrait as Kurt Cobain, as Andy Warhol, as Myra Hindley, as Marilyn Monroe
  • date created:
    1996
  • materials:
    Hand-coloured photograph and mount
  • measurements:
    75.00 x 75.00 cm (framed: 76.83 x 76.83 x 2.54 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1998
  • accession number:
    PGP 277.1
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Douglas Gordon

Douglas Gordon