Richard Avedon - Photographs New York Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the photographer, 1980

  • Literature

    Vogue, 1 January 1969
    Abrams, Avedon Fashion: 1944-2000, pp. 238-239
    Avedon, Photographs 1947-1977, pl. 98
    Richard Avedon Foundation and Gagosian Gallery, Avedon Women, pl. 79
    Rizzoli, In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine, p. 199
    Santa Barbara Museum of Art, An Eclectic Focus: Photographs from the Vernon Collection, p. 138

  • 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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Lauren Hutton, Great Exuma, the Bahamas, October

Gelatin silver print, printed 1980.
17 1/2 x 18 1/4 in. (44.5 x 46.4 cm)
Signed, numbered 3/50, title, date, edition and copyright reproduction limitation stamps on the reverse of the flush-mount.

$60,000 - 80,000 

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New York Auction 6 April 2022