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Gregory Crewdson, American, b. September 26, 1962
Untitled, 2005
Chromogenic print on paper
18 1/4 in. x 14 1/4 in. (46.36 cm x 36.2 cm)

Object Type: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of C. Jane Hurley Wilson '64 and Michael G. Wilson, Wilson Centre for Photography, London, UK
Accession Number: 2008.4.27

"In this particular photograph, Untitled, Crewdson reveals a glimpse of the production phase required to create one of his images. Made evident by the stage lighting on the ceiling, the photograph demonstrates a transitory point of the process in Crewdson’s photography, which we rarely get to witness. Crewdson’s characteristic use of doorways is also demonstrated in this scene. The doorway separates an isolated bedroom from the bathroom where a naked woman is standing. The doorway provides the viewer with two simultaneous scenes as well as a constant sense of voyeurism. Accompanying the nude model in the bathroom is a female member of the stage crew who is applying fake blood onto the woman’s leg. Gregory Crewdson himself is also seen next to the two women while directing the scene. The details present in the bedroom, such as the luggage and decorations of the room lead us to believe that this is a temporary location, such as a hotel room, revealing a sense of isolation.

As in all of Crewdson’s photographs, the setting appears to be organized, yet there is an underlying sense of disorder and chaos. The visual juxtaposition of the perfectly made bed, the organized closet versus the open luggage and clothes thrown on the floor emphasize that this is particularly a moment of transition. As a photographer whose methods stretch between the genres of cinema and photography, Gregory Crewdson’s images maintain a balance between the ordinary and the otherworldly to create a hyper-reality that exists solely in a moment of suspension."

Written by Amy Vazquez (SC ’09) 2008-2009 Wilson Intern

Object Description
Signed and numbered by the artist on verso.
Edition number 26 in a limited edition of 30.

From a private collection, White Cube london, Sotheby's to MIchael Wilson.

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