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 T: The New York Times Style 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
From the Quarterly
Fairs, Events & Announcements
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
Cathedral of the Pines
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6pm
The Photographers’ Gallery, London
Join Gagosian and the Photographers’ Gallery for a tour of Gregory Crewdson’s Cathedral of the Pines with a special talk by curator Clare Grafik. The event is free and open to the public.
Gregory Crewdson, The Haircut, 2014
A Journey That Wasn’t
Opened June 30, 2018
The Broad, Los Angeles
This exhibition explores complex representations of time and its passage. The show includes more than fifty works drawn from the museum’s collection of postwar and contemporary art and features more than twenty artists, including Gregory Crewdson, Andreas Gursky, Anselm Kiefer, and Ed Ruscha.
Ed Ruscha, Azteca/Azteca In Decline, 2007, Broad Art Foundation © Ed Ruscha
Landscape Photography Today
June 24–September 16, 2018
Denver Art Museum
This exhibition will survey contemporary landscape photography from around the world. More than eighty photographs will gauge how artists stretch the boundaries of traditional landscape photography to reflect the environmental attitudes, perceptions, and values of our time. Work by Gregory Crewdson and Sally Mann will be included.
Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 2006 © Gregory Crewdson
Praying for Time
March 2–July 8, 2018
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
Marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the attacks of September 11, and civil war, the end of the twentieth century can also be viewed as a time that presaged immense global revolutions, both social and digital, that have transformed our world. Praying for Time reflects the diversity of voices and concerns in art produced during that pivotal period from 1980 through the early 2000s. Work by Gregory Crewdson, Ellen Gallagher, Richard Prince, Richard Serra, and Andy Warhol is included.
Ellen Gallagher, Untitled (10), 2000 © Ellen Gallagher
Gregory Crewdson in
Making Home: Contemporary Art from the DIA
December 1, 2017–June 6, 2018
Detroit Institute of Arts
This exhibition presents prints, drawings, and photographs that are concerned with idealistic representations of home. Works both affirm common symbols of domestic space and question popular ideas of home as a symbol of comfort, belonging, and permanency. Work by Gregory Crewdson is included.
Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 1998–2002 © Gregory Crewdson