Stan Douglas

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About the Artist

Through photography, film and installation the Canadian artist Stan Douglas has, since the late-1980s, examined complex intersections of narrative, fact and fiction while simultaneously scrutinising the media he employs and how it shapes our understanding of reality. Douglas' work is often in the first instance an examination of place – Lisbon, Potsdam, Havana and Detroit have provided the impetus for, respectively, The Secret Agent, 2015, Der Sandmann, 1995, Inconsolable Memories, 2005 and Le Détroit, 1999 – but entangled with the detail of specific geographical and political circumstance is a diverse range of source material that has included the literary constructs of Franz Kafka, Joseph Conrad, Herman Melville, Samuel Beckett and ETA Hoffmann, and the films of Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles.

  • Stan Douglas has mined the history of the original Penn Station, giving heroic pictorial life to narratives from different moments in time using today’s most advanced digital technologies. 

     

    From 1910 to 1963 the original Pennsylvania Station stood one block east of Moynihan Train Hall, on the footprint of today’s Madison Square Garden. The demolition of the grand, Beaux Arts building, designed by eminent American architects McKim, Mead & White, is now considered an incomparable loss to the history of Gilded Age architecture and to the urban landscape of New York. In the Ticketed Waiting Room at Moynihan Train Hall, artist Stan Douglas’s nine photographic panels, arranged in three pairs and one triptych, reconstruct significant but little-known moments spanning the Station’s half-century lifespan, standing as vivid evocations of the city’s forgotten history. 

     

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  • Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

    31 January - 14 March 2020

    Stan Douglas: Doppelgänger

    Victoria Miro is pleased to present Doppelgänger, a video installation by Stan Douglas. Debuted at La Biennale di Venezia, 58th International Art Exhibition, May You Live in Interesting Times, this ambitious work is exhibited for the first time in the...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    26 October - 20 December 2017

    Stan Douglas

    The first in a new series of works triggered by the uprisings of the early 2010s, including the Arab Spring and riots across global locations including London and the artist’s home town of Vancouver, these photographs focus on two scenes...
    Victoria Miro Mayfair
    2 February - 24 March 2016

    Stan Douglas

    The Secret Agent
    A solo exhibition by the celebrated Canadian artist Stan Douglas, featuring the UK premiere of a new multi-screen film installation along with a series of large-scale photographs. Saturated with information, and yet rejecting easily consumable messages, these works place the...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    23 November 2013 - 18 January 2014

    Stan Douglas

    Disco Angola
    The artist's second solo show with Victoria Miro and his first at our new Mayfair gallery. In Midcentury Studio, Douglas' first exhibition with Victoria Miro, monochrome photographs were created in the guise of a mid-twentieth century Canadian press photographer. In...
    Victoria Miro Mayfair
    18 April - 26 May 2012

    Stan Douglas

    Midcentury Studio
    Victoria Miro is pleased to announce the first gallery exhibition of Canadian artist Stan Douglas. Since the 1980s Stan Douglas has reappropriated key moments from history, precisely examining political, social and racial shifts, in an effort to deconstruct and reimagine...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
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