Doug Aitken


Doug Aitken

Movie, 2012
High-density foam, mirror, and painted glass
27.25 in. x 79.5 in. x 8 in. / 69.2 cm. x 201.9 cm. x 20.3 cm.
Edition 3/4 + 2 AP

Doug Aitken, born in 1968 in Redondo Beach, California, is an American multidisciplinary artist. Aitken’s body of work ranges from photography, print media, sculpture, and architectural interventions, to narrative films, sound, single and multi-channel video works, installations, and live performance. He initially studied magazine illustration with Philip Hays at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena before graduating with a degree in Fine Arts in 1991. He currently lives in Venice, California, and New York City.

Utilizing a wide array of artistic approaches, Doug Aitken illuminates the effects of our media-saturated culture. His works lead us into a world where time, space, and memory are fluid concepts. Using the landscape as both subject and medium, he homes in on themes of industrial, urban, and environmental decline.

Aitken is best known for installations that intervene in outdoor spaces. He projected his short film Sleepwalkers (2007), which stars Donald Sutherland and Tilda Swinton, in separate frames across the façade of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). For his Mirage project, installed in Gstaad, Switzerland, and Palm Springs, California, he created a mirror-coated, Frank Lloyd Wright–inspired home.

He is exhibited in renowned institutions worldwide, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Vienna Secession, and Serpentine Gallery in London. In 1999, he won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale; in 2012, the Nam June Paik Art Center Prize; and the 2013 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award: Visual Arts. His work belongs in the collections of MoMA, the Hammer Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Walker Art Center, among others.

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