The VANITY of Allegory

At the Deutsche Guggenheim, Douglas Gordon's The VANITY of Allegory combines an entire spectrum of widely different figures ranging from Perugino's Saint Sebastian to Walt Disney's Peter Pan to form a personal and fantastic equation for life's brevity and the human need to leave a mark. A portrait of the artist.

Interview with Nan Goldin

"Love is still where my work begins": in a very personal artist's conversation with Piotr Nathan, the American star photographer Nan Goldin talks about her portraits and childhood traumas, her love of film, and the new lures of landscape and daylight, and explains why her work is always autobiographical.

An Eye to the Self

Representative staging, ruthless investigation into the self, or masked role-playing: ever since the renaissance master Albrecht Dürer, the self-portrait has occupied many important artists. The self-portrait is also a key theme in current art, as well, as Christiane Meixner demonstrates using examples from the Deutsche Bank Collection.

Confess All: Gillian Wearing

Private feelings, secret obsessions: the people in the videos and photographs of the British artist Gillian Wearing betray a great deal - yet they remain anonymous. In her efforts to reveal the hidden, the Turner Prizewinner employs camouflage, disguises, and masks. Louise Gray on Wearing's approach to sex, lies, and videotapes.

I'll be your Mirror

The self-portrait, a portrayal of a fickle, ambiguous self, is a central aspect of Douglas Gordon’s oeuvre. The Turner Prizewinner created an exhibition conceived especially for the Deutsche Guggenheim, titled “Douglas Gordon’s The VANITY of Allegory.” The show focused on the disguised self-portrait as an art historical motif, a literary method, and a cinematic strategy. Combining his own works with works by other artists such as Andy Warhol, Matthew Barney, and Marcel Duchamp, Gordon’s exhibition investigates the intersection between vanitas as a reflection on the transitoriness of all life and self-representation as an act of vanity or subterfuge in an effort to make oneself immortal. Titled “I’ll be your Mirror,” our current issue of db artmag focuses on various aspects and strategies of artistic self-reflection. +++ Works on the legends, images, and projections of the cinema: Katrin Wittneven introduces the exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim as well as Douglas Gordon’s video installations and projects +++ In a personal conversation with Piotr Nathan, the American photographer Nan Goldin explains how friendship, loss, and childhood trauma have left their mark on her artistic view of herself +++ Transformations of the self: Christiane Meixner on self-portraits in the Deutsche Bank Collection +++ Public revelations: Louise Gray in a portrait on the British artist Gillian Wearing, whose videos and photographic works test the abyss between the image of one’s self and the other +++