Carol Vogel has the news that the Richard Avedon estate has joined the Gagosian gallery. Vogel makes the connection between Gagosian’s global sales platform and the international appeal of Avedon’s catalogue as well as his stature among the artists of Avedon’s own time:
The foundation has large holdings of Avedon’s images, including crucial fashion shoots from the years he worked for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and other magazines. It also owns seminal portraits of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, and artists including Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti. In addition, it owns images from Avedon’s “American West” series, commissioned by the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth in 1978.
Besides being able to disseminate the photographer’s work internationally, the Gagosian Gallery was chosen because it represents artists like Robert Rauschenberg, John Chamberlain and Cy Twombly, making it possible for Avedon’s work to “be seen in relation to the art of his time,” Mr. Roth said.
Officials at Gagosian say they are planning a major Avedon exhibition in New York next year.
Inside Art: Gagosian-Avedon Deal (New York Times)