Richard Avedon - Photographs Evening & Day New York Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Marlborough Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Abrams, Richard Avedon: Portraits, n.p.
    Avedon, An Autobiography, p. 31
    Gagosian, Avedon: Murals & Portraits, pp. 217-221
    Holm, Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946-2004, pp. 16-17
    Random House, Avedon: The Sixties, pp. 78-83
    Random House, Richard Avedon: Evidence 1944-1994, pp. 74-75, 151

  • Catalogue Essay

    “When you work with Dick, you have the feeling you are working on something that had never happened before. He turns photography into social history. He documents the strangeness of our times. Think of Warhol’s factory, The Chicago Seven. Janis Joplin. He was never finished with a photograph, always changing and retaking, up until the photo had to go to the printer, and even on press.”
    Ruth Ansel

  • 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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An Influential Vision: The Collection of Ruth Ansel


Andy Warhol and members of The Factory, New York City, October 30, 1969

Gelatin silver triptych, hinged and flush-mounted together as one panorama, printed 1975.
Each 7 5/8 x 9 3/4 in. (19.4 x 24.8 cm)
Overall 7 7/8 x 29 7/8 in. (20 x 75.9 cm)

Signed, numbered 4/50 in ink, title, date, copyright credit reproduction limitation and edition stamps on the reverse of the flush-mount.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $60,000

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Photographs Evening & Day

New York 5 & 6 October 2016