Palazzo Reale celebrates Richard Avedon, one of the great photographers of the twentieth century (1923-2004) Exhibition titled “Richard Avedon. Relationships”, via 106 Tucson (USA) Center for Creative Photography (CCP) and Richard Avedon Foundation (US) The collection of images traces his career over 60 years.
This exhibition is promoted by the Municipality of Milan, by the Royal Palace and Skira Editore with the Centre for Creative Photography and Richard Avedon Foundation will be co-produced and organised, curated by Rebecca Senf, head of the Creative Photography Collection, with Versace as main partner and Vogue Italia media partner.
The show will provide insight into the innovative features of Avedon’s art, which made him one of the most influential artists of the 20 century; On the one hand, he revolutionized the way models were photographed, transforming them from static subjects to actresses who were both the protagonists of the scene and their human side
Exhibition The route, divided into ten sections, revolves around the two most characteristic figures he studies: fashion photographs and portraits.
Fashion can be divided into two main periods. Early images made before 1960 were shot “on the spot” and had characteristic models mimicking the characters to evoke the narrative.
Later works, on the other hand, focus only on the model and the clothes she wears. In these later photographs, Avedon often uses minimal, uniform backgrounds and often depicts subjects in dynamic poses, using the fluid forms of the body to reveal the structure, fabrics, and movement of garments.
The exhibition also features a large number of portraits of celebrities, actors, dancers, musicians and civil rights activists, politicians and writers from the entertainment industry, including The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr), as well as Michelangelo Antonioni, Alan Ginsburg, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, the Dalai Lama’s Bob Dylan, along with two of Andy Varroll, the father of American Pop Art, decided to show Richard Avedon his gunshot wound after surviving an assassination attempt.