Avedon Warhol Opening Reception @ Gagosian London

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Last night I went to the opening of Avedon Warhol at the Gagosian Gallery in London. The exhibition pairs the works of Andy Warhol and Richard Avedon who both developed a strong artistic style in the 60s that sometimes overlapped as they both used portraiture to depict celebrities of their time.  I recognised some of them and was surprised by others. It is not the first time I see works by Warhol or Avedon but it was fantastic to see the silkscreen prints and photographs in large scale juxtaposed in a gallery space that looks more like a museum space.

ANDY WARHOL, Self-portrait, 1986
RICHARD AVEDON, Andy Warhol, Auguts 29 1969
ANDY WARHOL, Liza Minelli, 1979

ANDY WARHOL, Dollar Sign, 1981
ANDY WARHOL, Mao, 1972
ANDY WARHOL, Keith Haring, 1983
RICHARD AVEDON, Audrey Hepburn, 1967
ANDY WARHOL, Walking Torso, 1977

One of the works that impressed me the most which I had never seen was Avedon’s larger than life size mural of Andy Warhol and members of the The Factory (1969). I read and watched documentaries about The Factory and in it you can recognise fabulous Candy Darling (a transsexual who appeared in Warhol’s films). The faces of the sitters are have an emotionless expression which is typical of Warhol’s Pop Art.

RICHARD AVEDON, Any Warhol and members of The Factory,1969. Subjects are Paul Morissey, Joe Dalessandro, Candy Darling, Eric Emerson, Jay Johnson, Tom Hompertz, Gerard Malanga, Viva, Taylor Mead, Brigid Pollock and Andy Warhol.
RICHARD AVEDON, Any Warhol and members of The Factory,1969. Subjects are Gerard Malanga, Viva, Taylor Mead, Brigid Pollock and Andy Warhol.

The show was quite popular and there was along queue outside to get in despite the rain and freezing cold. It is definitely worth seeing. The show runs until APRIL 23.

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