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Avedon Warhol

February 9–April 23, 2016
Britannia Street, London

Installation view All Richard Avedon artworks © The Richard Avedon FoundationAll Andy Warhol artworks © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundaiton for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view

All Richard Avedon artworks © The Richard Avedon Foundation
All Andy Warhol artworks © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundaiton for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view All Richard Avedon artworks © The Richard Avedon FoundationAll Andy Warhol artworks © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundaiton for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view

All Richard Avedon artworks © The Richard Avedon Foundation
All Andy Warhol artworks © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundaiton for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view All Richard Avedon artworks © The Richard Avedon FoundationAll Andy Warhol artworks © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundaiton for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view

All Richard Avedon artworks © The Richard Avedon Foundation
All Andy Warhol artworks © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundaiton for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view All Richard Avedon artworks © The Richard Avedon FoundationAll Andy Warhol artworks © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundaiton for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo by Mike Bruce

Installation view

All Richard Avedon artworks © The Richard Avedon Foundation
All Andy Warhol artworks © 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundaiton for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo by Mike Bruce

Works Exhibited

Left: Richard Avedon Audrey Hepburn, actress, New York, January 20, 1967, 1967 Gelatin silver print 13 3/4 × 11 inches (34.9 × 27.9 cm) © The Richard Avedon Foundation Right: Andy Warhol Miriam Davidson, 1965 Spray paint and silkscreen ink on canvas 80 1/4 × 80 1/2 inches (203.8 × 204.5 cm) Private collection © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Left: Richard Avedon Audrey Hepburn, actress, New York, January 20, 1967, 1967

Gelatin silver print 13 3/4 × 11 inches (34.9 × 27.9 cm) © The Richard Avedon Foundation Right: Andy Warhol Miriam Davidson, 1965 Spray paint and silkscreen ink on canvas 80 1/4 × 80 1/2 inches (203.8 × 204.5 cm) Private collection © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Left: Richard Avedon Charles Chaplin, Actor, New York, September 13, 1952, 1952–55 Gelatin silver print 41 × 66 inches (104.1 × 167.6 cm) © The Richard Avedon Foundation Right: Andy Warhol Skull, 1976 Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen 72 × 80 1/8 inches (182.9 × 203.5 cm) The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution Dia Center for the Arts © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Left: Richard Avedon Charles Chaplin, Actor, New York, September 13, 1952, 1952–55

Gelatin silver print 41 × 66 inches (104.1 × 167.6 cm) © The Richard Avedon Foundation Right: Andy Warhol Skull, 1976 Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen 72 × 80 1/8 inches (182.9 × 203.5 cm) The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution Dia Center for the Arts © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Left: Richard Avedon Bianca Jagger, actress, Hollywood, CA, January 25, 1972, 1972 Gelatin silver print 56 × 44 inches (142.2 × 111.8 cm) © The Richard Avedon Foundation Right: Andy Warhol Tina Freeman, 1975 Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen 40 × 40 inches (101.6 × 101.6 cm) Private Collection © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Left: Richard Avedon Bianca Jagger, actress, Hollywood, CA, January 25, 1972, 1972

Gelatin silver print 56 × 44 inches (142.2 × 111.8 cm) © The Richard Avedon Foundation Right: Andy Warhol Tina Freeman, 1975 Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen 40 × 40 inches (101.6 × 101.6 cm) Private Collection © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Left: Richard Avedon Louis Armstrong, musician, Newport Jazz Fesitival, Newport, Rhode Island, May 3, 1955, 1955 Gelatin silver print 52 × 44 inches (132.1 × 111.8 cm) © The Richard Avedon Foundation Right: Andy Warhol Liza Minelli, 1976 Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen 40 × 40 inches (101.6 × 101.6 cm) The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution Dia Center for the Arts © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Left: Richard Avedon Louis Armstrong, musician, Newport Jazz Fesitival, Newport, Rhode Island, May 3, 1955, 1955

Gelatin silver print 52 × 44 inches (132.1 × 111.8 cm) © The Richard Avedon Foundation Right: Andy Warhol Liza Minelli, 1976 Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen 40 × 40 inches (101.6 × 101.6 cm) The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution Dia Center for the Arts © 2015 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

About

My camera and I, together we have the power to confer or to take away.
—Richard Avedon

They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
—Andy Warhol

Gagosian London is pleased to present the first major exhibition to pair works by Richard Avedon and Andy Warhol. Both artists rose to prominence in postwar America with parallel artistic output that occasionally overlapped. Their most memorable images, produced in response to changing cultural mores, are icons of the twentieth century.

Portraiture was a shared focus of both artists, and they made use of repetition and serialization: Avedon through the reproducible medium of photography, and in his group photographs, for which he meticulously positioned, collaged, and reordered images; Warhol in his method of stacked screenprinting, which enabled the consistent reproduction of an image. Avedon’s distinctive gelatin-silver prints and Warhol’s boldly colored silkscreens variously depict many of the same recognizable faces, including Marella Agnelli, Bianca Jagger, Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Rudolf Nureyev.

Both Avedon and Warhol came from modest beginnings and had tremendous commercial success working for major magazines in New York beginning in the 1940s. The 1960s marked artistic turning points for both artists as they increasingly moved away from strictly commercial work toward their mature independent styles. The works in the exhibition, which date from the 1950s through the 1990s, emphasize such common themes as social and political power, the evolving acceptance of cultural differences, the inevitability of mortality, and the glamour and despair of celebrity.

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