Anna Gaskell  (American, 1969) 

Anna Gaskell (American, born October 22, 1969) is a photographer and filmmaker from Des Moines, IA. She attended Bennington College in Vermont for two years before receiving her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 and an MFA from Yale University. Gaskell is best known for her photographic series she calls “elliptical narratives.” These narratives are very similar to the cinematic photographs produced by renowned artist Cindy Sherman (American, b.1954). Like Sherman, Gaskell’s work is influenced by film and painting, rather than the conventions of photography, and continues the tradition of feminist conceptual ideas.

The artist’s early works include self-portraits, but she is most famous for her dream-like narrative photographs of preadolescent girls, which make reference to children’s games, literature, and psychology. In 1997, Gaskell held her first exhibition at the Casey Kaplan Gallery in New York. Included in this exhibit was a series referencing Lewis Caroll’s children’s book Alice in Wonderland. In the series, which she titled Wonder (1996–1997), each work varies in size corresponding with the size-shifting Alice undergoes throughout the story. Gaskell was inspired by John Tenniel’s illustrations of Alice, which create ambiguous, isolated moments in a surreal setting.

Gaskell’s film influences range from the Noir to French New Wave and horror. In a series entitled Hide (1998), she sets up a narrative using the sinister Brothers’ Grimm story The Magic Donkey, which is about a young woman who disguises herself under pelts to hide from a marriage proposal from her own father. The series evokes a sense of terror through the scenery of a gothic mansion and the contrast of light and dark in a dimly lit space. In addition to her work in photography, Gaskell has produced a small collection of short films. Her film Replayground (2009) won for best shot documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival. She also received the Citibank Private Bank Photography prize in 2000 and the Nancy Graves Foundation grant in 2002. Since her first show, Gaskell has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami (1998), the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (1998), and the Guggenheim museums in both New York and Bilbao (2002–2003). Gaskell lives and works in New York City.

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Anna Gaskell, Untitled #4 (Wonder series)


Anna Gaskell
Untitled #4 (Wonder series)

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Anna Gaskell, Untitled #97


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Untitled #97

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Anna Gaskell, Untitled (Sally salt says no. 49)


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Untitled (Sally salt says no. 49)

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Anna Gaskell, Drink me


Anna Gaskell
Drink me

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Anna Gaskell, Untitled (Peep Show), designed 2001


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Untitled (Peep Show), designed 2001
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Anna Gaskell, A Short Story of Happenstance


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A Short Story of Happenstance
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Anna Gaskell, Untitled #3 (Study for Rapture)


Anna Gaskell
Untitled #3 (Study for Rapture), 2000
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Anna Gaskell, Untitled #31 (Hide)


Anna Gaskell
Untitled #31 (Hide), 1998
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Anna Gaskell, Untitled #84


Anna Gaskell
Untitled #84, 2001
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1969   Born in Des Moines, Iowa
1990   Bennington College, Bennington, VT
1992   BFA, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1995   MFA, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
2000   The Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize
2002   The Nancy Graves Foundation Grant
2005   Des Moines Art Center Artists Residency
2005   Kunst Film Biennale, Cologne, Germany
2009   Best Documentary Short Film, Los Angeles Film Festival
  Lives and works in New York
2010   Turns Gravity, Yvon Lambert, New York (solo)
2010   Haunted: contemporary photography/video/performance, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
2009   Snow: Voralberger Landesmuseum, Bregenz
2009   Subversive Spaces: Surrealism + Contemporary Art, The Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, Great Britain
2009   The University of Manchester, Great Britain
2009   Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2008   In Repose: Images of women by women from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl, Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
2008   Always Begins by Degrees, The Common Guild, Glasgow
2008   Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photography, The National Museum of Women in American Art, Washington, DC
2008   Reality Check, Statens Museum fur Kunst, Copenhagen
2008   Electronic Lounge: La Donazione Halevim al Commune di Milano, special exhibition space at Malpensa Airport, Milan
2007   Erasers, The Box at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (solo)
2007   Passage du Temp: Collection Francois Pinault Collection, Tri Postal, Lille (curated by Caroline Bourgeois)
2007   Pretty Baby, curated by Andrea Karnes, Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth
2007   Global Feminisms, curated by Maura Reilly and Linda Nochlin, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn
2007   Anna Gaskell: Atonement, recent etchings, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York
2007   Voice and Void, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield
2007   Kooperationsprojekt von Kunsthalle Wien und Mumok, Vienna
2007   Traum und Trauma - Werke aus der Sammlung Dakis Joannou, Athen
2007   Still Life, Vizcaya Museum and Garden, Miami (solo)
2007   Paint Your Own Pictures, Yvon Lambert, New York (solo)
2006   Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica (solo)
2006   Everything That Rises, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville (solo)
2005 - 2006   “Déjà vu: The Moment of Belatedness in Contemporary Art,” Atelier
2005 - 2006   Augarten Oesterreichische Galerie Belvedere Centre for Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria
2005   “KunstFilmBiennale,” Cologne, Germany
2005   1991, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan (solo)
2005   Erasers, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne (solo)
2005   Erasers, Art Unlimited, Art 36 Basel, Basel (solo)
2005   “Family Pictures: Contemporary Photography and Video from the Collection of the Guggenheim Museum,” Galleria Gottardo, Lugano, Switzerland*
2005   “58 Locarno International Film Festival,” Locarno, Switzerland
2005   “Bidibidobidiboo: Works from the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection,” Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy
2005   “Art Creates Communities: Project in Chelsea,” Bohen Foundation, New York
2005   “Water Views: On, Over, and Below,” Center for Contemporary Art, Sante Fe, New Mexico
2005   “Women by Women In Photography (part two),” Cook Fine Art, New York
2005   “Unveiling the Invisible: Contemporary Video Art,” Consejeria de Cultura y Deportes of the Communidad de Madrid, Spain*
2005   “Works from the Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall Collection,” Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden
2005   “Acting Out: Invented Melodrama in Contemporary Photography,” University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA; Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
2005   “Baby Shower,” Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
2005   “Theorema. Une Collection Privée en Italie, la collection d’Enea Righi,” Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France
2005   “Out There: Landscape in the New Millennium,” The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio
2005   “Goodbye Fourteenth Street,” Casey Kaplan, New York
2004   “Stalemate,” The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2004   “Identity II: Self-Scrutiny,” Nichido Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
2004   “Art, Artists, and the Addison,” Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
2004   “Io Mi Ricordo,” Galleria s.a.l.e.s, Rome, Italy
2004   “Monument To Now,” The Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens, Greece
2004   Casey Kaplan, New York (solo)
2004   At Sixes and Sevens, Yvon Lambert, Paris (solo)
2003   Anagram, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne (solo)
2003   How Some Children Play at Slaughtering, Project (solo)
2003   Room, Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago (solo)
2003   “Something more than five revolutionary seconds,” Fodazione Davide Halevim, Milan, Italy*
2003   Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo collection, curated by Francesco Bonami, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
2003   “Disembodied Spirit,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art,” Brunswick, ME
2003   Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy
2003   “Constructed Realities: Contemporary Photographers,” Orlando Museum of Art, FL
2002 - 2003   half life, White Cube, London (solo)
2002   half life, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas (solo)
2002   Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts (solo)
2002   Anna Gaskell, Le studio, Yvon Lambert, Paris (solo)
2002   "Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50," Aperture's Burden Gallery, New York and traveling through 2006.
2002   "Desiring Machines," Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Long Island City, NY
2002   "Stories. Narrative Structures in Contemporary Art," Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany *
2002   "Art Downtown: New Photography," Wall Street Rising, NY
2002   "Visions From America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940 - 2001,” Whitney Museum of American Art, NY
2002   "Moving Pictures," Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, traveling to Guggenheim Bilboa, Spain 2003-2004 *
2002   "Summer Cinema," Casey Kaplan 10-6, New York
2002   "Transformer," Pori Art Museum, Finland
2002   "Nuit Blanche / Nuit Vidéo," Anciennes Pompes Funèbres de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
2002   "Realitetsfantasier," Post-Modern Art form the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
2001 - 2002   Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa (solo)
2001   Castello di Rivoli, Turino (solo)
2001   resemblance, Casey Kaplan 10-6, New York (solo)
2001   remarkable places, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (solo)
2001   future's eve, New Langton Arts, San Francisco (solo)
2000   by proxy, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen (solo)
1999   by proxy, Casey Kaplan, New York (solo)
1999   Sally Salt says…, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne (solo)
1999   hide, White Cube, London (solo)
1998 - 1999   Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami,curated by Bonnie Clearwater, travels to: Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo and Hasselblad Center, Göteborg (solo)
1997   wonder, Casey Kaplan, New York (solo)