L.A.’s Gagosian Gallery Hosts Richard Avedon’s “Women”

Richard Avedon "Women" at the Gagosian Gallery

Avedon: Women at the Gagosian Gallery

It’s been decades since Richard Avedon has had a solo exhibition in our fair city, and it’s about time the famed photographer’s work made its way back here. The Gagosian Gallery has the honor of hosting the stateside debut of the Avedon: Women exhibition (it previously showed in London). Women is the first Avedon solo exhibition in Los Angeles since ’76. Women focuses on exactly what you’d imagine (with a title like that, it doesn’t take much of an imagination), with subjects spanning from the celebrities and models that Avedon was known for to more personal subjects such as his friends and family.

Avedon: Women

Avedon: Women

The exhibition contains more than 100 silver gelatin photographs. Women opens with six larger-than-life oversized exhibition prints that were originally shown in the artist’s 1978 showcase at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to more smaller, more intimate photos. You’ll instantly recognize the photo of Brigitte Bardot, but a quick glance around the room is all it takes to see that Avedon also aimed his lens at some not-so-famous leading ladies. Lana Turner’s daughter, Cheryl Crane, is on display in the opening room as well.

Step into the second room and you’ll be greeted by a massive wall collage (pictured above). The hodgepodge of photos illustrates just how varied his work was, with everything from straight-on portraits to candid shots and photos that would later go on to become iconic advertisements. Vicomtesse Jacqueline de Ribes, socialite Elsa Maxwell (posing with her pet skunk) and more are hanging together, creating a salon-style arrangement that allows viewers to compare Avedon’s early and later work.

The rest of the exhibit is a collection of over 300 contact sheets and negatives. You’ll find images of supermodels Stephanie Seymour and Christy Turlington sprinkled in, but we’re sure you’ll get lost in the portraits and images, just as the gallery intends. You’ll see the artist’s breadth, which includes all sorts of humor, his technical ingenuity and of course, Avedon’s love of surprise as seen in wide mouth smiles and spur of the moment poses from his famous subjects.

Avedon: Women

Avedon: Women

Can’t make it out to L.A.? We’d recommend snagging the Rizzoli catalog ($100), which is sure to become a collectors’ item long after the exhibit closes its doors.

Richard Avedon “Women” runs through December 21. The Gagosian Gallery is located at 456 North Camden Drive, in Beverly Hills. For more information, visit the gallery’s official Web site.

Images courtesy Rizzoli and the Gagosian Gallery

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