Gregory Crewdson - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 12, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Luhring Augustine, New York

  • Literature

    Hatje Cantz, ed. Stephan Berg, Gregory Crewdson 1985 - 2005, Ostfildern, 2007, pl. 41 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Twilight consists of forty photographs created as elaborately staged, large-scale tableaux that explore the relationship between the domestic and the fantastical, between the North American landscape and the topology of the imagination.
    Although Crewdson has described himself as an 'an American realist landscape photographer', he makes filmic images that strongly reference TV programmes such as The Twilight Zone or films such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind that deal with fantasy and the paranormal. In this series of intensely, almost luridly coloured and exuberantly detailed images, Crewdson employs a cinematic,directorial mode of photography, the culmination of weeks of planning and complicated, behind-the-scenes production....Often these photographs present a single isolated figure and the feeling that these strange encounters evoke is of stealing a glimpse of something shameful that should be hidden - something private, enigmatic or transgressive. Threat and danger intermingle with a bucolic sense of suburban bliss....Threat is everywhere and danger is a short walk down the garden path. These eerie and evocative photographs recall the films of independent American filmmakers such as David Lynch or Todd Solondz who explore surreal suburban dysfunction and the terror that lurks beneath everyday life.
    (From the 2002 Press release of White Cube Gallery on the occasionof the exhibition Gregory Crewdson: Twilight 19 Apr – 18 May, 2002, Hoxton Square)


Untitled (from the Twilight Series)

Digital c-print in artist's frame.
135.5 x 166 cm. (53 3/8 x 65 3/8 in).
Signed 'Gregory Crewdson' on label adhered to the reverse. This work is from an edition of ten.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £45,650

Contemporary Art Day Sale

13 Feb 2009, 2pm