Gregory Crewdson: Eveningside

The Gallerie d’Italia – Torino, the museum of Intesa Sanpaolo, is pleased to announce its first major fall exhibition “Gregory Crewdson. Eveningside”. From 12 October 2022 to 22 January 2023, the museum will devote the majority of its recently-opened 10,000 square meters of gallery spaces to the internationally-acclaimed American photographer’s work, with the world premiere of a brand new eponymously-titled series of photographs, Eveningside (2021-2022) as the exhibition’s centerpiece. Crewdson’s Eveningside pictures, produced in part as a commission by Intesa Sanpaolo, were envisioned by the artist as the final movement of a trilogy spanning ten years of work.
The exhibition is a survey of that trilogy, curated by Jean-Charles Vergne, beginning with Cathedral of the Pines (2012-2014) and An Eclipse of Moths (2018-2019,) as well as Crewdson’s earlier minimalist Fireflies (1996) pictures. Additionally, Making Eveningside, a behind the scenes video projection set to original music by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem and Stuart Bogie, the American multi-instrumentalist-composer will be on view in a state of the art multimedia room within the museum, adjacent to the exhibition.

In contrast to the slightly haunted, lonely, and remote forests of Cathedral of the Pines, and the vast, bleak, post-industrial landscapes in An Eclipse of Moths, in Eveningside, Crewdson explores moments of contemplation within the confines of quotidien life, in places of employment, and in moments just outside of those work structures. The figures populating the pictures are sparse, and are often seen through storefront windows, in mirror reflections, or positioned underneath the mundane proscenium found in the midst of their everyday routines: railroad bridges, doorways, porches, the overhanging roofline of a bank teller drive-thru, a dairy bar, a corner market, or a hardware store. Bringing his vantage point closer to the figures, using a heightened range of light and darkness, special effects such as fog, rain, smoke, and haze, and for the first time using his now ubiquitous full production and lighting team in a monochromatic palette, the result is a rich gothic atmosphere, evocative of film noir and classic cinema, but with the capabilities and clarity of the most current technology available in digital photography. Eveningside comprises 20 digital pigment prints, 87.6 x 116.8 cm. (34.5 x 46 in.)

All three series in the trilogy represent essential stages in Crewdson’s artistic journey and creative evolution over the past decade, themes ranging from the deeply intimate and personal, to existential and vast expansive views of the world, and reflection on his deep respect and admiration for the history of photography, painting, cinema, and other mediums, all reinvented to tell his own stories.
The Fireflies pictures offer both connective tissue and counterpoint in their simplicity, made in isolation by the artist in 1996, with two cameras on analog black and white film.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a free public program of #INSIDE meetings, talks with notable guests, and special events on Wednesdays at 6:30.

About the Author

Gregory Crewdson was born in Brooklyn in 1962. Crewdson received a B.A. from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1985 and an M.F.A. in photography at Yale in 1988. He has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe and is represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York and White Cube in London.

A portrait of Gregory Crewdson by Juliane Hiam & Harper Glantz

Crewdson is recognized for his elaborately staged scenes of small town American life. His photographs have dramatic and cinematic qualities, and he often has an extensive support crew on site for proper staging and lighting. In describing his intentions, Crewdson states:
“In all my pictures what I am ultimately interested in is that moment of transcendence or transportation, where one is transported into another place, into a perfect, still world. Despite my compulsion to create this still world, it always meets up against the impossibility of doing so. So, I like the collision between this need for order and perfection and how it collides with a sense of the impossible. I like where possibility and impossibly meet.”

Crewdson’s work has been included in many public collections, most notably the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A retrospective of his work from 1985–2005, was shown at major museums around Europe from 2005–08. Another exhibition of his work opened at the Kulturhuset Museum, Stockholm, in February 2011, followed by Sorte Diamant, Copenhagen and c/o Berlin, among others. Crewdson has received numerous awards including the Skowhegan Medal for Photography, the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship and the Aaron Siskind Fellowship.
Crewdson is Professor Adjunct in Graduate Photography at the Yale University School of Art and lives and works in New York. (Rose Mathies

Gregory Crewdson: Eveningside
From 12 October 2022 to 22 January 2023
Gallerie d’Italia – Torino – Italy

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