Gregory Crewdson

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"In his photographs, Gregory Crewdson (born in 1962 in Brooklyn, New York) presents artfully condensed stories that essentially deal with the penetration of the mysterious into normalcy. In an image from his Twilight series (1998-2002), we see yellow school buses parked outside white wooden houses. Groups of students stand or lie around passively in different places. An idyllic scene, but only at first glance, as the image seems oddly "uncanny" in the Freudian sense. It shows something familiar yet unsettling, different, and somewhat ...
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Overview

"In his photographs, Gregory Crewdson (born in 1962 in Brooklyn, New York) presents artfully condensed stories that essentially deal with the penetration of the mysterious into normalcy. In an image from his Twilight series (1998-2002), we see yellow school buses parked outside white wooden houses. Groups of students stand or lie around passively in different places. An idyllic scene, but only at first glance, as the image seems oddly "uncanny" in the Freudian sense. It shows something familiar yet unsettling, different, and somewhat inexplicable. What is really happening here? Crewdson goes to great lengths in dramatizing his disturbing suburban scenes, employing means more typical of Hollywood film productions. Using elaborate lighting, cranes, props, and extras, he stages his scenes, which are at the same time always an accurate portrayal of everyday life in America, with obsessive attention to detail." This publication is the first to assemble all of the artist's photographic productions in a single volume and includes his most recent, previously unpublished series Beneath the Roses.
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"Dream Tome. [One of] The most beautiful new art books from the publishing world." ~Harpers Bazaar UK

“There is never any doubt about depth when it comes to Gregory Crewdson, one of the most respected art photographers of his generation… Gregory Crewdson gathers the photographer’s three decades of work depicting the mystery and tragedy in an American suburbia that David Lynch would recognize. His scenes are as rich and sweeping as an epic Victorian painting…” ~Los Angeles Times
 
“Some images are so deeply ingrained in the American vernacular, they jolt us with their familiarity. This defining collection reveals an artist touched in equal measure by the magic of cinema and a more private, otherworldly strangeness, the “moments between moments” of isolation and wonderment.” ~Vogue

"While much of his elaborately staged and lighted work is created in the less traditionally scenic nooks and crannies of the Berkshires—in particular the town of Pittsfield, Massachusetts—he himself was born in Brooklyn and works out of New York City. If you’re in the mood for an odd, rather creepy journey into the not-entirely-rational margins of small-town America, you should certainly check the book out: the imagery, if unsettling, is entirely gorgeous." ~New England Home

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783775716222
  • Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag GmbH & Co KG
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 242
  • Sales rank: 966,598
  • Product dimensions: 11.90 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Crewdson is a photographer whose work is represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York and White Cube in London. Jonathan Lethem is a novelist, essayist, and short story writer. He is the author of the New York Times best-seller The Fortress of Solitude and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award–winning Motherless Brooklyn. Nancy Spector is the deputy director and chief curator of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Melissa Harris is editor in chief of Aperture magazine and a trustee of the John Cage Trust.

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