Richard Avedon - SEX Theme Sale London Thursday, March 18, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    ‘Allen Ginsberg and Friends’, Sotheby’s, New York, 7 October 1999, lot 88

  • Literature

    Richard Avedon: Evidence 1944–1994, New York: Whitney Museum, 1994, p. 149; Richard Avedon: Photographs 1946–2004, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2007, np.

  • 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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Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, Poets, New York City, December 30

Gelatin silver print, printed 1980.
59.5 × 49.8 cm (23 7/16 × 19 5/8 in).
Signed, numbered A/P 5/5 by Richard Avedon, additionally signed, dated ‘1981’, annotated ‘Halloween N.Y.C.’ by Allen Ginsberg and signed by Peter Orlovsky, all in ink with title, date and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 50 plus artist’s proofs.

£5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for £5,625

SEX Theme Sale

19 March 2010