previews

  • Richard Avedon

    Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
    Gl. Strandvej 13
    August 24 - January 12

    Curated by Helle Crenzien

    Richard Avedon’s achievement and his monumental influence on twentieth-century photography rests on his reshaping of two distinct photographic genres: fashion and portraiture. His mercurial take on fashion infused the form with mischief and celebration of the individual, his early work presaging the social shifts of the 1960s and ’70s. It is his portraits, however—simultaneously ratifying public life and deflating the individual—that are ultimately the most lucid and enduring of his pictures. For this first complete retrospective in more than a decade, the elegant Louisiana Museum, in collaboration with the Richard Avedon Foundation, will select roughly two hundred fashion images and portraits, from the start of his career in the 1940s to his death, at age eighty-one, in 2004. Travels to the Forma International Centre for Photography, Milan, Feb. 13–May 25, 2008; and other venues.