“Richard Avedon”

Frédéric Rouzaud, 2016 winner of the Prix Montblanc des Arts et de la Culture

The Fondation Louis Roederer has been recognised for its commitment to artistic creation. The 2016 winner of the Prix Montblanc des Arts et de la Culture, Frédéric Rouzaud – CEO of Louis Roederer – has been raised to the status of a “great sponsor”. He founded the Fondation Louis Roederer in 2011, in order to structure and perpetuate the foundation’s sponsorship policy, which since 2003 has been aimed at great cultural institutions and confirmed or emerging artists. This year, the foundation was a partner of the Seydou Keïta exhibition at the Grand Palais, the Jean-Michel Alberola and Michel Houellebecq exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo, and the Richard Avedon exhibition at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France opening on 18 October. The foundation also funds the Louis Roederer research grant every year. In addition, the institution supports numerous festivals and artistic events including Planche(s) Contact in Deauville, the Festival international d’Art Lyrique in Aix-en-Provence and the Prix de...

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Court allows for $2.5 million claim over damaged Richard Avedon triptych

A New York State Supreme Court Judge has denied AXA Art Insurance Corporation’s motion to dismiss a $2.5 million lawsuit originating from a legal dispute with the Richard Avedon Foundation over a damaged triptych, reports artnet News. This long dispute started in December 2011, when a panel of the Avedon triptcych entitled The Chicago Seven was damaged by water from a leaking pipe as it lay on a table at an art storage facility where it was undergoing retouching in preparation for an exhibition at Gagosian Gallery in 2012. An appraiser working for the Richard Avedon Foundation said that the work had been worth $2.5 million before being damaged, and that it was now only worth $50,000, meaning it had entirely lost its commercial value. It has been reported that AXA said that it has always been willing to produce the recompensation that the foundation would be entitled to under the policy. The insurance company is currently working with attorneys for the foundation in hopes to come to a conclusion over the issue. However, the Avedon Foundation told artnet News: “In our opinion, AXA has simply hoped to run our tiny not-for-profit arts organisation into the ground by dragging its heels on paying a legitimate claim for over three years. We can’t imagine another insurance company treating us this...

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Richard Avedon celebrated at Gagosian Athens

Following a retrospective exhibition at the gallery’s Beverly Hills space at the end of last year, Gagosian Athens is presenting a forthcoming show on Richard Avedon, to run from 20 May to 25 July. The exhibition is to present some of Avedon’s most iconic photographs from his long career. One of the most influential fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century, his work features in the permanent collections of institutions such as MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou, and the Smithsonian. Whilst taking fashion-themed photos for publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, he also produced more intimate images of some of the era’s biggest artists, notably Francis Bacon and Henry Moore. In this way, the Gagosian exhibition is not only to provide an overview of Avedon’s work, but a representation of 20th-century culture as a...

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Richard Avedon’s women at Gagosian California

Beverly Hills, 7 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Until 21 December 2013, Beverly Hills’ Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills is presenting works by Richard Avedon, as part of an exhibition entitled “Avedon: Women”. The show at Gagosian features six decades of Avedon’s production, with the artist not having been the subject of a solo exhibition in the region since 1976. A selection of photographs produced between 1960 and 1970, on loan from the Richard Avedon Foundation, emphasise Avedon’s interest in images of women in action – a recurring feature of the artist’s practice. Photographs by the artist refuse to conform to traditional forms of fashion photography, which frequently depict static, expressionless subjects, with Avedon instead depiictig his models in action, giving them both a sense of presence and vitality. This exhibition was previously held at London’s Gagosian Gallery, between 6 September to 26 October this year. Avedon (1923-2004) is considered to be one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He began his professional career in 1942 with the U.S. Merchant Marine Photographic Department, before moving into fashion photography, collaborating with magazine Harper’s Bazaar in 1945, before joining the team at Vogue in 1988. He was named best photographer in the New Yorker in 1992, and is the only photographer to have ever been the object of two major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of...

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74 works by Richard Avedon given to the Israel Museum

Jerusalem, 11 September 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, has announced that it has received a collection of photographs by Richard Avedon, donated by galerist Larry Gagosian, the Richard Avedon Foundation, and collector Leonard Lauder. Produced between 1969 and 1976, the 74 works include photographs of famous celebrities – including a picture of the Allen Ginsberg family measuring 20 by 2.4 metres, and a portrait entitled Andy Warhol and Members of The Factory (1969) – as well as photographs of politicians including Donald Rumsfeld. The works are to be exhibited to the public next spring. “We believe that Richard Avedon, who was so proud of his Jewish identity, would have been very happy to see this set of photographs exhibited in Jerusalem”, explains James Martin, Executive Director of the Richard Avedon...

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