Stan Douglas

The Secret Agent


Portfolio of two silver gelatin prints.

This work consists of two prints, measuring 31 × 19.5 cm each

Edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered by the artist


This edition is published by Ludion

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Stan Douglas’s The Secret Agent, published in October 2015, is now available as a special edition. The book contains the original script of the film and an extensive collection of stills and production images. The Secret Agent transposes a story written by Joseph Conrad in 1907 into Portugal’s Seventies, a period of radical political changes that led to the liberation of the country’s former colonies. Douglas has retained the original characters and the plot, but transferred them to the turmoil of Lisbon soon after the Carnation Revolution in 1974. The book also comprises two other works by the Canadian artist, Disco Angola and Luanda–Kinshasa. 

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Canadian artist Stan Douglas is known for film installations characterized by elaborate mise-en-scènes and sophisticated montages that deal with coincidence and lost utopias of the 20th Century.

Since the late 1980s, he has created films, photographs, and installations that reexamine particular locations or past events. His works often take their points of departure in local settings, from which broader issues can be identified. Making frequent use of new as well as outdated technologies, Douglas appropriates existing Hollywood genres (including murder mysteries and the Western) and borrows from classic literary works (notably, Samuel Beckett, Herman Melville, and Franz Kafka) to create ready-made contextual frameworks for his complex, thoroughly researched projects.

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Stan Douglas has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at  the Salzburger Kunstverein, Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Carré d’Art – Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nîmes; Haus der Kunst, Munich; IMMA, Dublin; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Secession, Vienna; and Wiels, Brussels. Group exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Whitney Museum, New York; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; Cisneros Collection, Havana; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. 

Douglas was also included in numerous international projects such as Documenta IX, 1992; Documenta X, 1997; Documenta XI, 2002 and the Venice Biennale in 1990, 2001 and 2005.

Stan Douglas is represented by the following galleries;
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Victoria Miro, London

David Zwirner, New York / London


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