The color and lighting of Gregory Crewdson’s new photos can be traced to his interest in how painters of the 19th century and prior drew viewers into their paintings with detail and tones that could be appreciated from both near and far. The photos’ suspenseful and melancholy mood might be attributable to major life changes, which have included a new gallery, a divorce and a move out of New York. (At Gagosian Gallery’s 21st Street location through March 5th).
Bizarre scenarios like this exchange of processed meat in young Canadian photographer Elaine Stocki’s hand-colored silver gelatin prints make for captivating and strange images that run the gamut from obviously staged to apparently documentary. (At Chelsea’s Thomas Erben Gallery through June 28th).