ROME — The “Gagosian Gallery,” from February 3 will present the exhibition “Sanctuary,” a group of forty-one black and white photographs made by George Crewdson in the legendary Cinecittà studios in Rome. The abandoned outdoor film sets have become the subject of, rather than the mere setting for, his pictures. Moving through the empty streets of “Ancient Rome” at the beginning and end of the day, he has captured the palpable atmospheres. Crewdson was born in 1962 in Brooklyn, New York and hid photographs are included in numerous museums and public collections around the world including Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and so on.
In the “Sanctuary” exhibition, Crewdson’s focus is on scenographic architecture as the principal subject underscores the illusory techniques that he has previously used to construct his scenes and actions. The series contains certain characteristics of a documentary film by which is exposed the hidden life of movies and their artifacts that remain once production has ceased. The intimate scale of the black-and-white photographs serves to further intensify the poignancy of each deserted scene.
The exhibition is at the Gagosian Gallery in Rome on Francesco Crispi Street from February 3 to March 5.