New York

Richard Avedon

Marlborough | Midtown

Though photography shows have been turning up quite often recently, they rarely attract large-scale public attention; their intimate ambience is not conducive to crowds, and they maintain, for the most part, a low profile. Richard Avedon, known to the fashion world through his work for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, assaulted this conventional diffidence when he crashed the gates of the art scene with a retrospective of portraits inaugurating Marlborough’s venture into photography. And quite a crash it was.

The installation alone was enough to disrupt traditional expectations, for whereas most photographs are merely “hung,” these were conscientiously “installed” for maximum impact, taking cues from ’60s painting. Three wall-sized murals stunned the viewer with their sheer size and assertiveness; even the smaller photographs contain such bold images that they could easily be read from some

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