The Secret Agent
David Zwirner is pleased to present the United States premiere of The Secret Agent, a new film installation by Stan Douglas on view at 519 West 19th Street in New York. This will be the artist's thirteenth solo show with the gallery.
The Secret Agent is Douglas's adaption of the 1907 political novel of the same title by Joseph Conrad. Set in London in 1886, the book recounts an anarchist's failed plot to bomb the Greenwich Observatory and is considered among the first literary portrayals of modern-day terrorism. Consistent with Douglas's nonlinear treatment of historical events within his practice, his version sets the action within the context of Portugal's so-called "Hot Summer" of 1975, which ended the turbulent period between the Carnation Revolution of April 25, 1974 (a bloodless coup to end Europe's longest dictatorship) and the ratification of a new constitution. During the transition to democracy, which hastened the decolonization of Portuguese colonies, numerous terrorist acts by extreme right- and left-wing groups rocked the country.
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Stan Douglas: The Secret Agent includes original scripts, film stills, production shots, and extensive archival material to illustrate these crucial works from Douglas’s oeuvre. With texts by Dirk Snauwaert, Eric C. H. De Bruyn, Jason E. Smith, and Séamus Kealy. Published by Ludion.
"It has often seemed as if Mr. Douglas’s own viewpoint were less that of a subjective human than of historical consciousness itself, peering down on the streets of Vancouver, where he has lived and worked his entire life; on the ruins of Detroit; on the economic stasis of Cuba; and on scenes he has carefully constructed to mimic documentary realism."—Randy Kennedy in The New York Times
This special edition of 100 copies comprises a copy of The Secret Agent as a white hardcover book, and a colophon page signed and numbered by the artist. Taking the fictitious role of a crime photographer, Douglas has created two selenium-toned silver gelatin prints, also included in this unique boxed edition. Published by Ludion.
Stan Douglas: The Secret Agent (special edition)
Foreword by Dirk Snauwaert. Texts by Eric C. H. De Bruyn and Jason E. Smith. Afterword by Séamus Kealy Stan Douglas’s The Secret Agent, published in October 2015, is also available as a special edition. The book surveys three recent works by Stan Do...
Artist: Stan Douglas