Richard Avedon - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Abrams, Portraits, cover
    Hollander, Richard Avedon, Woman in the Mirror, pp. 166-67
    Whitney Museum of American Art, Richard Avedon: Evidence, 1944-1994, pp. 65, 157
    Avedon, An Autobiography, pl. 216
    Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Photographs 1947-1977, pl. 162
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, Richard Avedon Portraits, n.p.
    Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Richard Avedon Photographs 1946-2004, p. 121

  • 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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Property of a New York Collector


June Leaf, sculptress, Mabou Mines, Nova Scotia

Gelatin silver print.
9 3/4 x 7 5/8 in. (24.8 x 19.4 cm)
Signed, numbered 8/50 in ink, title, date, negative number, copyright credit, and reproduction limitation stamps on the verso.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $6,985

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Vanessa Hallett
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New York Auction 11 October 2023