Richard Avedon - Photographs New York Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    From the artist; to the Dalai Lama Foundation, Redwood City

  • Catalogue Essay

    From 2006-2011 this print was included in all venues of the traveling exhibition, The Missing Piece: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama.

  • Artist Biography

    Richard Avedon

    American • 1923 - 2004

    From the inception of Richard Avedon's career, first at Harper's Bazaar and later at Vogue, Avedon challenged the norms for editorial photography. His fashion work gained recognition for its seemingly effortless and bursting energy, while his portraits were celebrated for their succinct eloquence. "I am always stimulated by people," Avedon has said, "almost never by ideas." 

    Indeed, as seen in his portraits — whether of famed movie stars or everyday people — the challenge for Avedon was conveying the essence of his subjects. His iconic images were usually taken on an 8 x 10 inch camera in his studio with a plain white background and strobe lighting, creating his signature minimalist style. Avedon viewed the making and production of photographs as a performance similar to literature and drama, creating portraits that are simultaneously intensely clear, yet deeply mysterious.

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His Holiness The Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Gyume Tantric Monastery, Kamataka, India, January 6

Gelatin silver print.
17 3/8 x 22 1/4 in. (44.1 x 56.5 cm)
Signed and numbered AP 2/2 in ink in the margin; signed by the Dalai Lama in ink on the recto; signed, numbered in pencil, copyright credit reproduction limitation, edition, title and date stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 12 plus 2 artist's proofs.

$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $30,000

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4 April 2012
New York