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PRINT September 2006

DOUGLAS GORDON AND PHILIPPE PARRENO’S ZIDANE, A 21ST CENTURY PORTRAIT

Artists have long navigated the visual territory shared by art and cinema, but few have brought these spheres together as grandly as DOUGLAS GORDON and PHILIPPE PARRENO in their Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait. Having debuted at Cannes last May before its presentation for art audiences at the Basel art fair—notably, on the open field of the Swiss city’s Herzog & de Meuron-–designed stadium—Zidane is remarkable not only for its formal innovation but also for its bold engagement of the global media sphere. Art historian MICHAEL FRIED and Artforum editor TIM GRIFFIN offer two views of a cinematic endeavor reaching back to eighteenth-century portraiture and forward to contemporary spectacle culture.