Gordon’s Blind Stars (2002) features publicity photographs of midcentury movie stars in which the sitters’ eyes have been replaced by expressionless black, white, or mirrored surfaces. His Bond Girl portraits (2006) comprise more dramatically desecrated visages of the James Bond film actresses, yet their cut and burned remains still pack a seductive punch.
The most recent self-portraits allude to Gordon’s uneasy affinity for Andy Warhol, which has often impacted the content and tone of his work. Warhol’s immortalized cultural icons here take the form of charred, browned bits of commercial reproductions floating on mirrored backgrounds, singed remnants of the heroic originals that nonetheless possess an eerily powerful presence. Gordon’s portraits underscore Warhol’s phenomenal resonance in today’s art world, while capturing the self-reflexive nature of the post-Warholian period.
Texts by Mark Francis, Francis McKee and Lynne Cooke.
This is a rare, out of print first-edition in original shrinkwrap.
- 96 pages, 10.25 × 11.75 × 0.5 inches
- Illustrated throughout in color