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A prominent contemporary American artist very worth taking note of is NYC-based Anna Gaskell whose practice sits mainly within photography and video. A graduate of Yale, Gaskell studied under Gregory Crewdson and also happens to be a former studio assistant of Sally Mann... Quite a solid educational background in other words. Gaskell is said to be inspired by the visual world of mythology and fairytales, the references of which are found in her recent body of work. Personally I find myself being much more drawn to her earlier and slightly darker series of work. Her atmospherical mise-en-scène compositions hint at psychological states manifested through physical expression, occasionally involving a sense of underlying menace.

Anna Gaskell is sure to have served as inspiration for a younger generation of photographers and for us brings a favourite, Swedish Jenny Källman, to mind. Källman's recurring theme is rather reminiscent of Gaskell's early work; young adolescent girls engaging in ambiguous and precarious activities, often in groups, that appear as anything but innocent to the viewer.

Anna Gaskell is represented in prestigious permanent collections such as that of MoMA, Guggenheim, the Whitney and Tate (the list can go on forever). Her work is represented by the excellent Paris-based gallery Yvon Lambert where she is currently exhibiting in a double-billed exhibition titled Vampyr alongside Douglas Gordon (running until Oct 25).

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