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Scottish artist Douglas Gordon works in a variety of media, including video, film, and photography, and often uses found imagery to explore how memory and individual identity are mediated over time. Using iconic sources (often well-known films, filmmakers, or actors), Gordon generates new meanings that both elevate and analyze his subjects. Les Règles du Jeu (Pier-Paolo Pasolini and Leigh Bowery) is a multi-layered image reflecting many of the artist’s key areas of interest. The black-and-white image was found by the artist on the site of the New Museum building and shows the legendary Italian film director playing soccer with a group of young men. Both the title of the work and the text printed in red on the picture, “LES REGLES DU JEU (PRINCE / BOWERY),” refer to the rules of soccer and to Jean Renoir’s classic film with a similar title. They also allude to the downtown location of the future site of the New Museum, to the singer formerly known as Prince, and to the cult figure, performer, and Lucien Freud model, Leigh Bowery. The imagery in the edition also relates to Gordon’s recent movie featuring French soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane, which was presented during the Basel Art Fair at the St. Jakob Stadium in 2006.
Les Règles Du Jeu (Pier-Paolo Pasolini and Leigh Bowery), 2006
36 3/4 × 25 1/8 in (93.3 × 63.8 cm)
Edition of 25 with 12 APs
Published by Carolina Nitsch for the New Museum
Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery