July 10, 2002 |
Suburbia, in its ideal form, is a place free from ambiguity. Neat, evenly spaced houses surrounded by kempt green lawns and tidy gardens have stood, in movies, on television and in the popular American consciousness, as symbols of normality and as concrete manifestations of the American Dream. Recently, though, the suburbs have come in for a drubbing. Films such as "American Beauty" and the HBO series "The Sopranos" wallow in the undercurrents of dysfunction beneath the placid reverie.
June 24, 2005 |
An attractive, middle-aged woman stands naked in a motel bathroom. A small amount of blood drips from between her legs to the tile floor, and it seems to have caught her by surprise. She stands frozen in place, as if internally weighing the ramifications. The scene is staged in one of Gregory Crewdson's densely narrative, large color photographs at Gagosian Gallery.
March 28, 2009 |
Living artists are hardly a priority at the J. Paul Getty Museum, so photographer Jo Ann Callis is still a little stunned to be having a show there. And grateful. "I feel so lucky," she says. "I was prepared to be anonymous. I was enjoying life. I was thinking, 'It's OK. I had some moments in the past, and that is enough.' " "Jo Ann Callis: Woman Twirling," as the show is titled, refers to her warm-hued photograph of a woman in a circle skirt spinning around in a blur. Her furious yet solitary movement contrasts with the stillness of a carved wood sculpture of an entwined couple that doubles as the base of a lamp.
May 9, 2008 |
All the world may be a stage, but Gregory Crewdson's big color photographs manage to flatten it into a backdrop for an overproduced photo shoot. Like ads for luxury cars, pricey perfumes and exotic getaways, Crewdson's 19 nearly 5-by-8-foot inkjet prints at the Gagosian Gallery are less concerned with exploring the world they depict than with selling a fantasy about it. Nothing wrong with that. A compelling illusion can be eye-opening. Unfortunately, Crewdson's meticulously manicured images (in editions of six)
March 9, 2003 |
Last year, his surreal, elaborately produced photographs hung on the walls in Beverly Hills' Gagosian Gallery. Now -- uncredited -- he's on the sides of buses, in glossy magazines and on the cover of industry invites. New York artist Gregory Crewdson has provided HBO with a tense tableau of the "Six Feet Under" cast for the program's latest ad campaign. In the lush color photo, the show's stars sit around a table after a meal that seems to have been interrupted by ... something.
December 6, 1992 |
The catalogue for a photography exhibition that originated at New York's Museum of Modern Art and is now on view at L.A. County Museum of Art through Jan. 24, this book looks at the American home as depicted by 63 contemporary American photographers.