Beverly Hills, Gagosian Gallery /
London, White Cube

Gregory Crewdson is known for his elaborately orchestrated and staged photography, created from expensive productions on a cinematic scale, employing 50 or 60 staff. The scenes he constructs reference ordinary and often dreary lives in small-town America. Up until now, his images have been dramatic and suggestive of dysfunctional families and relationships, depression and societal malaise. But a new direction has taken hold of his work.

In his two shows, at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills and the White Cube in London, the focus is more on enigmatic subtlety with landscape and atmosphere taking on a more central role. Collectively, the pictures also seem to trace life's trajectory, from birth to old age. They were taken on several summer and winter productions and, typically, no expense was spared. For instance, snow machines were brought in so that fake snow covered entire roads. As always, though, with this American photographer, the accent is on twilight moments, enhancing the in-between ambience that Crewdson seeks.

This new series has been eagerly awaited. To maximize publicity, Luhring Augustine in New York – which chiefly represents the artist – organized three virtually simultaneous exhibitions. While the Luhring Augustine show ended early May, the other two are on for a while longer.

May 3 through June 7, 2008
Gagosian Gallery
456 North Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
T. +1 310 271 9400
www.gagosian.com

April 23 through May 24, 2008
White Cube
25-26 Mason's Yard
London SWIY 6BU
T. +44 (0)20 7930 5373
www.whitecube.com