Self Portait, 2010


80 x 70 cms, analogue photographic print printed on archival paper, written text in archival ink.
Edition of 10 + 2 A.P.

Jimmie Durham’s limited edition Self Portrait, 2010 was conceived and produced on the occasion of his production residency and major solo exhibition at Glasgow Sculpture Studios. Universal Miniature Golf (The Promised Land) presented newly commissioned work by Durham that took as its general point of departure Scotland (its history, culture, nomenclature) and its connection with golf, referencing a number of historic and contemporary issues, whilst intertwining the histories of the Scots and his own people.

Born in the USA in 1940, Jimmie Durham’s 47-year career has seen him create, perform and exhibit work across the globe. From 1969 he was based in Europe (studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Geneva) returning to the USA in 1973; from 1987 – 1994 he lived and worked in Mexico and then in the mid-90s returned to Europe. Although his work is primarily sculptural, Durham’s oeuvre has also embraced theatre, performance, literature and poetry.

Durham has exhibited internationally, including at the Whitney Biennial, Documenta IX, ICA London, Exit Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp and the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. He also published a number of essays in books and periodicals, including Art Forum, Art Journal and Third Text. His solo exhibitions in Europe have included venues such as the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Musée d’Art Contemporain in Marseilles, Museum Voor Actuele Kunst in den Hague, Hamburg Kunstverein, FRAC in Reims, SMAK Museum in Ghent, Wittgenstein Haus in Vienna, Kunstverein Munich, and the Venice Biennale (1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005), Whitney Biennale (1993 and 2006) among many others.

This edition is exclusively through Glasgow Sculpture Studios with proceeds from sales reinvested in GSS’s international programme, enabling the organisation to support artists in the development of new work.