Avedon Warhol at Gagosian Gallery, London | ITSLIQUID

Avedon Warhol at Gagosian Gallery, London

Art | March 14, 2016 |

Avedon Wahol exhibition at Gagosian GalleryImage courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, London

Avedon Warhol at Gagosian Gallery, London

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.

 

Avedon Wahol exhibition at Gagosian GalleryImage courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, London

 

Both Avedon and Warhol originated 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 moved away increasingly from strictly commercial work towards 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. Each gallery will juxtapose works that underscore these themes, beginning with The Family (1976), Avedon‘s ambitious conceptual portrayal of sixty-nine individuals at the epicenter of American politics at that time, together with Warhol’s monumental portrait of the revolutionary Mao Tse-tung, Mao (1972). In both works, little emotion or expression is revealed in the sitters’ faces or postures. Such deadpan was a mark of Pop art ambivalence, more commonly associated with Warhol, but equally applicable in this instance to Avedon.

 

Avedon Wahol exhibition at Gagosian GalleryImage courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, London

Both artists sought out individuals who were outside, as well as inside, the mainstream. For Avedon, this resulted in the larger-than-lifesize mural of Andy Warhol and members of The Factory (1969), who represented the heart of New York subculture and incarnated the sexual and cultural revolution. Meanwhile, Warhol memorialized the beauty of drag queens—who he once described as “ambulatory archives of ideal moviestar womanhood”—in his pioneering series of silkscreens, Ladies and Gentlemen (1975). The third gallery contains an extended meditation on the darker side of human existence, as well as its potential salvation: Warhol’s Skull and Guns paintings are juxtaposed with photographs from Avedon’s Brandenburg Gate portfolio, taken during the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

 

Avedon Wahol exhibition at Gagosian GalleryImage courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, London

 

Finally, celebrity was a topic that was equally explored by both artists: Avedon in his iconic images of Brigitte Bardot (1959) and Audrey Hepburn (1967); and Warhol in his dramatically rendered superstars, such as Double Elvis (1963) and Four Marilyns (Reversal Series) (1986). Driven by their cosmopolitan awareness and mindfulness of the potential for their work to stir change, as well as their diverse cast of modern muses, Avedon and Warhol harnessed the power of images to reflect the revolutionary social attitudes of their time.
A fully illustrated publication accompanying the exhibition will include essays by Michael Bracewell and Ara H. Merjian, as well as a chronology documenting the artists’ careers and points of intersection.

Avedon Wahol
February 09 – April 23, 2016
Gagosian Gallery, London

 

more. www.gagosian.com

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


Feedback release: CONSCIOUSNESS 2019

Events | August 9, 2019

ITSLIQUID Group is pleased to announce the stunning success of ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – CONSCIOUSNESS. Curated by Arch. Luca Curci (founder and director of Read more


CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI…

Calls | August 8, 2019

CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL 2019 – VISIONS ITSLIQUID International Art Festival Deadline: September 07, 2019 ITSLIQUID Group, in collaboration with Venice Events and Ca’ Zanardi, is pleased to announce the open call for the exhibition VISIONS, third appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2019 – ITSLIQUID International Art Festival. ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL, curated by Arch. […] Read more


Thierry Mugler: Couturissime

Fashion | August 7, 2019

Cured by the MMFA, this retrospective reveals the multiple worlds of this artistic figure by revisiting his prêt-à-porter and haute couture creations. Read more


Shiota Chiharu: The Soul Trembles

Art | August 1, 2019

Berlin-based international artist Shiota Chiharu is known for performances and installations that express the intangible: memories, dreams, silence and more. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!