Gregory Crewdson - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    San Francisco, John Berggruen Gallery, Gregory Crewdson: Dream House, 23 October – 22 November, 2003 (another example exhibited); Paris, Galerie Daniel Templon, Gregory Crewdson. Dream House, 24 January – 28 February, 2004 (another example exhibited); Kunstverein Hannover, 3 September – 30 October,2005; Krefelder Kunstmuseum, Museen Haus Lange, Haus Esters, 19 February – 14 May, 2006; Fotomuseum Winterthur, 3 June – 20 August, 2006; Langesgalerie Linz, Hague Museum of Photography, 2 December, 2006 – 25 February, 2007; Salamanca, DA2. Domus Artium 2002, 30 March – 27 May, 2007; Goteborg, Hasselbald Center, September – October, 2007; Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, 18 December – 2 March, 2008; Prague, Rudofinium Gallery, May 25, 2008; Gregory Crewdson: 1985-2005 (another example exhibited); Milan, Galleria Photology, 18 September – 22 November, 2008 (another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    J. Froelich, ‘Dream House Portfolio,' The New York Times Magazine, November 10, 2002 (illustrated on the cover and throughout); S. Berg (ed.), Gregory Crewdson: 1985-2005, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2005, plate 52-61 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot, Dream House, is a shining example of Gregory Crewdson's complete control over his medium and subject. He portrays the isolation and darkness found in the mediocrity of suburban life through a surreal sense of theatre in a style reminiscent of a high budget Hollywood production. Shot in an abandoned Maine home, Crewdson employs a fleet of celebrity faces,such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman, to play the roles of his desperate and lonesome characters. In a similar manner to Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall, the dream like imagery in Crewdson's work forces the question of reality and perceived notions of what it means to replicate life in a fantastical manner.The work is chilling, yet beautifully composed. It is produced in the highest possible quality with acute attention to detail, yet it is this super-realism that exemplifies the feeling of fear in the viewer.



Dream House

12 unframed digital c-prints each mounted to museum board in the artist's original portfolio.  
Each: 73.7 x 111.8 cm. (29 x 44 in).
Signed, titled, numbered of fifteen and dated ‘Gregory Crewdson Dream House 2002' on the title page.This work is from an edition of fifteen plus five artist's proofs.

£70,000 - 90,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 Feb 2009, 7pm