Party for Anna Gaskell
A Different Kind of World
Tony and Heather Podesta hosted an intimate gathering for New York-based artist
Anna Gaskell, whose work is featured throughout the couple's D.C. home. Gaskell
burst onto the art scene in the late 1990's and immediately caught the attention
of critics internationally. Her work has been described as cinematic, profound
and provocative and features the use of theatrical techniques to enhance and
manipulate her photographs in a number of different ways. The subjects are
often young girls and two of her well-known series of photographs, “Wonder” and “Override” are
loosely based on Lewis Carroll's “ Alice in Wonderland”.
Gaskell was in town with her husband, artist Douglas Gordon, whose own exhibition
is on view from February 12 through May 9 at The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum
and Sculpture Garden . The exhibition includes large-scale projected video
installations, text pieces, still photographs and filmed images on video monitors.
Gordon is a Scottish artist known for his film and video installations based
on classic Hollywood movies. The exhibit includes an all-day screening of Gordon's
internationally acclaimed “24 Hour Psycho,” which slows Hitchcock's film from
a 109-minute movie to 24 hour-long large screen show, compelling people to
focus on every detail of the thriller.