It was just over three years ago that the National Portrait Gallery in London put on show the video portrait of a sleeping David Beckham which they had commissioned from photographer Sam Taylor-Wood. The video runs on a continuous loop for 67 minutes and filmed in Spain during the footballer's "siesta time, exhausted after training".
After a year in London, the portrait has been available for hire, under the strictest conditions to protect copyright, and has been seen in Manchester, Liverpool, Australia and, prior to Aberdeen, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Taylor-Wood was not allowed to record sound with her video, so there are no snores or other natural bodily noises to accompany a portrait that has been des- cribed as a "reverential and vulnerable image of this national icon".
One fan who saw the Beckham film in Manchester said: "It gives the viewer the impression they are lying in bed with Beckham and are able to reach out and touch him," and described the footballer as looking: "impossibly beautiful... with his sculpted eyebrows and gigantic diamond earrings".
Showing at the same time as the Beckham video is an exhibition of photographs of American teenagers by Lise Sarfati, who snapped her subjects in their everyday spaces and situations, including bedrooms, backyards, kitchens and supermarkets.
Both shows close on November 3. T 01224 523700