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Gregory Crewdson

Gregory Crewdson

by Gregory Crewdson
     
 
Gregory Crewdson's photographic series capture a particularly American state of normalcy--in dissolution. The viewer, at first seduced by what appears to be an idyllic scene, soon discovers subtle off-kilter elements more akin to Film Noir than an NBC comedy. In a work from his Twilight series, yellow school buses are parked outside white wooden houses, and

Overview

Gregory Crewdson's photographic series capture a particularly American state of normalcy--in dissolution. The viewer, at first seduced by what appears to be an idyllic scene, soon discovers subtle off-kilter elements more akin to Film Noir than an NBC comedy. In a work from his Twilight series, yellow school buses are parked outside white wooden houses, and students stand and lounge around in seeming passivity. Something is happening--what, we don't know. The vision is familiar yet unfamiliar, seemingly benign yet threatening. Crewdson goes to great lengths in dramatizing his disturbing suburban scenes, employing elaborate lighting, cranes, props and extras, espousing a level of behind-the-scenes preparation more akin to the making of a Hollywood movie than the making of a still image. Here perhaps is one place to locate the eerie unreality and narrativity of his pictures, the creepy attention to detail so out of place, in the ordinary settings he evokes. Middle-class reality meets the other side of the normal here--by way of Sigmund Freud.

Editorial Reviews

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847840915
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
543,984
Product dimensions:
14.00(w) x 13.00(h) x 2.00(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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