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

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  • Provenance

    Marlborough Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Random House, Richard Avedon: Evidence 1944-1994, p. 152

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Magazines and photos are a part of history. Everything is known through them. A photograph is evidence of the passing of time. The moment it is taken it is the past. I believe that we are a nation and a world surrounded by pictures of ourselves. Through family snapshots, news photos, fashion magazines, film, television, the web, YouTube and Instagram. We are continually offering up a variety of traditions, styles and attitudes that define us. Photography is a metaphor for all our experiences, and in the hands of passionate individuals, it can heighten them. The photograph is history.”
    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


Igor Stravinsky, composer, New York City, November 2, 1969

Gelatin silver triptych, hinged and flush-mounted together as one panorama, printed 1975.
Each 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (24.4 x 19.4 cm)
Overall 10 x 24 3/4 in. (25.4 x 62.9 cm)

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

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $10,625

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Photographs Evening & Day

New York 5 & 6 October 2016