Richard Avedon “Murals and Portraits”

Richard Avedon’s fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half of the 20th century. He was an image-maker.

The new Richard Avedon’s Murals and Portraits show opened last Friday at the Gagosian Gallery in New York and is an opportunity to rediscover Avedon’s iconic work.

Against the backdrop of America’s social and political transformation, Avedon began to create four photographic murals between 1969 and 1971.

Between 20 to 35 feet wide and comprising up to five panels, the murals revealed a striking new format in which subjects were positioned frontally and aligned against a stark white background.

The cast of his work, as always, is incredibly diverse with Rose Mary Woods, secretary to President Richard Nixon, for example, or Andy Warhol standing with the stars of The Factory.