Never Never

Douglas Gordon (1966 - )

C-type photograph

2000

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Afghanistan
    City: Kabul
    Place: British Embassy

    An arm emerges from the left side of this image, its fist semi-clenched as if grasping an invisible object. Superimposed on the arm is the word "forever". Like the image as a whole, which is presented as a sepia-tinted negative photograph, the word "forever" is a verbal inversion of the title "Never Never". Douglas Gordon won the Turner Prize in 1996 and is known for his interest in the different ways in which words and images can be interpreted by different people. The outstretched arm in "Never Never" could be interpreted as brandishing an invisible weapon, or alternatively as extending help or a warm gesture.

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    conceptual art, arm, hand
  • Details
    Title
    Never Never
    Date
    2000
    Medium
    C-type photograph
    Dimensions
    height: 61.00 cm, width: 76.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from the Contemporary Art Society, Art Futures 2000 Exhibition, December 2000
    Inscription
    none visible
    GAC number
    17521