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Pace Galleries

Richard Avedon

Performance

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performances, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performances, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Installation view, Richard Avedon: Performance, 545 West 25th Street, New York, Nov 14, 2008 – Jan 03, 2009. © Pace/MacGill Gallery.
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About Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon (1932–2004) was born in New York City in 1923 and joined the Young Men’s Hebrew Association camera club at the age of 12. After serving as a Photographer’s Mate Second Class in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II, he began working as a freelance photographer, primarily for Harper’s Bazaar, in 1944. Under the tutelage of Alexey Brodovitch, Avedon quickly became the magazine’s lead photographer, while also creating formal portraits for many other sources, including his own portfolio.

First showcased in Edward Steichen’s Family of Man exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 1955, Avedon’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide. His first retrospective was held at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. in 1962 and was followed by solo exhibitions at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (1970), The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1974), the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (1985), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (1994), among others. Avedon was the first living photographer to receive two shows at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (1978 and 2002).

Avedon died while working on an assignment called “Democracy” for The New Yorker during the 2004 presidential election. During his lifetime, he established The Richard Avedon Foundation in New York City, which now houses his archive and works with curators and collectors around the world.

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Press Release

  • Richard Avedon: Performance
    "We all perform. It’s what we do for each other all the time, deliberately or unintentionally. It’s a way of telling about ourselves in the hope of being recognized as what we’d like to be."—Richard Avedon
    PaceWildenstein and Pace/MacGill Gallery are pleased to announce an exhibition of photographs by Richard Avedon on view in the Chelsea gallery at 545 West 22nd Street from November 14, 2008 through January 3, 2009.Richard Avedon: Performancefeatures approximately sixty gelatin silver prints made over the course of more than five decades.
    Although Avedon first earned his reputation as a fashion photographer, perhaps his greatest achievement was his reinvention of the genre of photographic portraiture.The concept of “performance,” in both life and art, was one of his central concerns.He photographed actors and comedians, pop stars and divas, musicians and dancers, artists in all mediums whose public lives were essentially performances.
    Many of the most celebrated cultural figures of the last fifty years passed before Avedon’s camera.Though he is known for his definitive portraits of Charlie Chaplin, The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, and Bob Dylan, among others, his interests were not solely in the famous.His finest portraits also included some of the more cerebral and less public figures in the arts, such as Isak Dinesen, Bert Lahr, Stephen Sondheim, François Truffaut, and Marian Anderson.
    Avedon’s portraits were the subject of a major retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2002, and his work appears in every major museum photography collection.The books he produced throughout his career set new standards for photographic publishing.A newly released, 304-page hardcover publication,Richard Avedon: Performance, accompanies the exhibition.His career will be the focus of a major retrospective opening at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the fall of 2009.
    A related exhibition of Avedon’s work will be on view at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco from November 6 to December 27, 2008.
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