Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Gregory Crewdson, 1985-2005

Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 2005. First edition. Oblong quarto (10-1/2" x 12"). 248pp. Text in German and English. Color photo dust jacket, spine lettered in white, over gray boards stamped in black. Profusely illustrated with photographic plates (nearly all in color).

"In his photographs, Gregory Crewdson (born in 1962 in Brooklyn, New York) presents artfully condensed stories that essentially deal with the penetration of the mysterious into normalcy. In an image from his Twilight series (1998-2002), we see yellow school buses parked outside white wooden houses. Groups of students stand or lie around passively in different places. An idyllic scene, but only at first glance, as the image seems oddly "uncanny" in the Freudian sense. It shows something. Familiar yet unsettling, different, and somewhat inexplicable. What is really happening here? Crewdson goes to great lengths in dramatizing his disturbing suburban scenes, employing means more typical of Hollywood film productions. Using elaborate lighting, cranes, props, and extras, he stages his scenes, which are at the same time always an accurate portrayal of everyday life in America, with obsessive attention to detail." "This publication is the first to assemble all of the artist's. Photographic productions in a single volume and includes his most recent, previously unpublished series Beneath the Roses."--BOOK JACKET.

Contents: Die dunkle Seite des amerikanischen Traums = The dark side of the American dream / Stephan Berg -- Early work, 1986-88 -- Natural wonder, 1992-97 -- Die reale Welt = The real world / Katy Siegel -- Hover, 1996-97 -- Twilight, 1998-2002 -- Zur Ikonografie des Lichts im Werk von Gregory Crewdson = On the iconography of light in the works of Gregory Crewdson / Martin Hochleitner -- Dream house, 2002 -- Beneath the roses, 2003-05. Item #51313

Price: $150.00