Gregory Crewdson was born in 1962 in Brooklyn, New York. He is a graduate of SUNY Purchase and the Yale University School of Art, where he is now director of graduate studies in photography.
Crewdson’s career has spanned three decades. His work has been exhibited widely in the United States and Europe and is featured in many public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC.
His most widely acclaimed bodies of work have been Natural Wonder (1992–97), Twilight (1998–2002), Dream House (a 2002 commission by the New York Times Magazine), Beneath the Roses (2003–08), and Sanctuary (2009). His most recent body of work, Cathedral of the Pines (2013–14), opened at Gagosian, West 21st Street, New York, in early 2016. Comprising thirty-one digital pigment prints, this series was made during three productions in and around the rural town of Becket, Massachusetts. A fully illustrated book with an essay by art historian Alexander Nemerov was released by Aperture in conjunction with the exhibition.
Beneath the Roses, a series of pictures that took nearly ten years to complete—with a crew totaling more than one hundred people—was the subject of the 2012 feature documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, by Ben Shapiro.
A retrospective of Crewdson’s work produced between 1985 and 2005 toured European museums from 2005 to 2008 and was accompanied by a fully illustrated book published by Hatje Cantz. The exhibition In a Lonely Place traveled to galleries and museums across Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, and New Zealand in 2013. The major monograph Gregory Crewdson was published by Rizzoli the same year.
Crewdson’s awards include the Skowhegan Medal for Photography, a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship, and the Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship.
Extended through March 12, 2016
Cathedral of the Pines
January 28–March 12, 2016
West 21st Street, New York
February 3–March 5, 2011
September 23–October 30, 2010
980 Madison Avenue, New York
May 3–June 7, 2008
Beneath the Roses
May 21–July 16, 2005
June 29–August 3, 2002
Namacheko and Gregory Crewdson
Belgian fashion label Namacheko is launching a new collection inspired by and featuring Gregory Crewdson’s photographs. The garments were shown for the first time at Namacheko’s Fall 2020 runway show in January at Espace Niemeyer, the French Communist Party headquarters in Paris, designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The clothing will be available later this year at select retailers, including the Gagosian Shop.
Dress from Namacheko’s Autumn/Winter 2020 collection featuring an image from Gregory Crewdson’s Hover series
Talk and Screening
May 19–20, 2018
Festival of Disruption at Brooklyn Steel, New York
Gregory Crewdson will participate in the Festival of Disruption, curated by David Lynch. He will be giving a talk in conjunction with the screening of Gregory Crewdson: There but Not There, a short documentary released in 2017 that offers a rare glimpse into his casting and artistic process.
Film still from Gregory Crewdson: There but Not There (2017), directed by Juliane Hiam © Crewdson Studio
Paris Photo 2017
November 9–12, 2017, booth B16
Grand Palais, Paris
Patti Smith, an internationally acclaimed musician, writer, and visual artist, has chosen a selection of her own photographs to be shown alongside works by other artists including Richard Avedon, Balthus, Gregory Crewdson, Peter Lindbergh, Vera Lutter, Sally Mann, Taryn Simon, Deborah Turbeville, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol. Smith began taking photographs in 1978, eventually developing an emotionally unfiltered archive of solitary moments, to which she is continually adding. Her lifelong fascination with eulogy and remembrance is reflected in her selection of works by other artists. “Curated by Patti Smith” provides a glimpse of Smith and her fellow travelers, and is a coming-together of people, places, and relics.
Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe’s Slippers, NYC, 2002 © Patti Smith
Photography’s Last Century
The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection
Through June 28, 2020
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
This exhibition celebrates the remarkable ascendancy of photography in the last century, and Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee’s promised gift of over sixty photographs in honor of the Met’s 150th anniversary in 2020. The collection is particularly notable for its breadth and depth of works by women artists, its sustained interest in the nude, and its focus on artists’ beginnings. Work by Gregory Crewdson, Andreas Gursky, Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Rachel Whiteread is included.
Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 2005 © Gregory Crewdson
Kunst und Emotion
Through October 4, 2020
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
One hundred paintings, objects, and films from contemporary artists invite the viewer to intuitively approach art from an emotional perspective. What does art provoke in us? To what extent does our view of art depend on our personal experiences and memories? This exhibition seeks to encourage this direct dialogue between artwork and viewer in order to stimulate an intense emotional engagement. Work by Gregory Crewdson, Richard Prince, and Cindy Sherman is included.
Installation view, Feelings: Kunst und Emotion, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, November 7, 2019–October 4, 2020. Artwork © Richard Prince
Andy Warhol bis Cindy Sherman
Amerikanische Kunst aus der Albertina
November 19, 2019–March 29, 2020
Schlossmuseum Linz, Austria
Europe’s view of America is influenced by images of the entertainment industry: from film and television to advertising and newspapers. No other nation has placed so much reliance upon the power and impact of pictures and symbols as the US. With more than two hundred works of American art from 1960 to the present day, this large-scale exhibition, whose title translates to Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman: American Art from the Albertina Museum, aims to illustrate how much our perceptions of truth and reality, facts and fake news, owe to America’s visual culture. Work by Gregory Crewdson, Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann is included.
Cindy Sherman, Untitled (#112), 2003 © Cindy Sherman
35 Years of Collecting Photographs
December 17, 2019–March 8, 2020
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Commemorating the thirty-fifth anniversary of the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection of photographs, this exhibition reveals the breadth and depth of the Getty’s acquisitions through an array of its hidden treasures, none of which have been exhibited at the museum before. Spanning the history of the medium from its early years to the present day, Unseen highlights visual associations between photographs from different times and places to encourage fresh discoveries and underscore a sense of continuity and change within the history of the medium. Work by Gregory Crewdson and Taryn Simon is included.
Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 2006 © Gregory Crewdson