Two Become One.
The Gagosian Gallery hosts a rare juxtaposition of works from pop-art icon Andy Warhol and portrait photographer Richard Avedon.
Despite being two of the biggest stars of their time, pop-art icon Andy Warhol isn’t the biggest fan of portrait photographer Richard Avedon, and vice versa. Whatever their animosities, fans of Avedon and Warhol are in for a treat for the two are being paired in an exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery running until April 23.
While Avedon and Warhol seem like an odd pairing of figures in separate artistic disciplines, they had similar backgrounds and early career trajectories. Born five years apart in 1920s, they both got their starts in the New York fashion world, working for Harper’s Bazaar and Bonwit Teller. While Warhol became a painter, filmmaker and pop art stalwart and Avedon from fashion photographer to portraiture, the two often portrayed the same people.
To that end, the Gagosian presents the two men as equals who documented similar themes from different angles. The exhibition presents 33 Warhol silk-screens and 22 Avedon works (including a single series of 69 portraits) dating from the 1950s to the 1990s.