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Avedon’s Women

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Avedon: Women, published by Rizzoli, here and below.

There are a few iconic photographers whose images are so powerful that they’re etched into the collective memory of our time. Among them is Richard Avedon. When Gagosian Gallery announced its exclusive worldwide representation of Avedon in 2011, it further solidified the photographer’s place as one of the most significant image-makers of our time. In a statement following the announcement of the gallery’s representation of the artist, Larry Gagosian said: “Avedon is America’s consummate modern photographer and one of the iconic artists from a generation which produced many extraordinary painters, sculptures, and photographers. We consider it a great privilege to represent one of the true masters of twentieth century art.”

Since 2011, several shows of Avedon’s images have been mounted in New York, Paris and most recently Beverly Hills. It is the most recent show, “Women,” at Gagosian Beverly Hills, that captures the visual language Avedon is best known for. And while the show ended last month, the book, “Avedon: Women,” published by Rizzoli to accompany the show, is one that makes a lasting impression.

Consider it a portable exhibition of Avedon’s work. The exhibition catalogue takes the unique format of an unbound portfolio of 120 images, presented in a folder with three different cover images in three different colors.

Among the images in the exhibition catalogue are exhibition prints dating from the artist’s 1978 showing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to more intimately scaled photographs that he printed and editioned throughout his lifetime. Among his subjects depicted are Carmen Dell’Orefice, Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington, Cheryl Crane, Brigitte Bardot, artist June Leaf, Vicomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes and socialite Elsa Maxwell.

The exhibition catalogue features an essay by Joan Juliet Buck that describes the experience of modeling for Avedon via interviews with his subjects, including Anjelica Huston, Lauren Hutton and Veruschka. Art historian Abigail Solomon-Godeau discusses how Avedon’s depictions of the feminine extended beyond traditional notions of beauty to convey the deeper significance of his female subjects.

Available at Books & Books, Bal Harbour.

 

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