Gagosian London gallery based at King’s Cross is opening a new exhibition where Andy Warhol’s and Richard Avedon’s work will be paired together for the first time. The exhibition will open its doors to its visitors from the 9th of February and will remain there until 23rd of April.
Photo by Jack Mitchell
The gallery will exhibit works from both artists from 1950’s to 1990’s and will present Avedon’s photography work and Warhol’s screen-printing art. Both artists rose to fame in after war America and both shared interest in portraiture. The exhibition will juxtapose both artists works that emphasise cultural difference, political power, and inevitability of mortality. It will begin with Avedon’s The Family (1976) that showcase sixty-nine individuals at the centre of American politics at the time and Warhol’s portrait of revolutionary Mao Tse-tung, Mao (1972).
In addition to this the exhibition will include Avedon’s mural Andy Warhol and members of The Factory (1969) . The common ground for both artist was their need to find individuals that stood out, outsiders that were on the inside. While Avedon’s work showcases Warhol’s mystery creation of the factory, and its sexual and cultural revolution Warhol’s work presents the beauty of drag queens which he called “ambulatory archives of ideal movie star womanhood”.
The last section of the exhibition will showcase Warhol’s darker art Skull and Guns which explores human existence. This will be merged with Avedon’s photographs taken during the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Both of the artist interest in famous faces will also be there for viewing. Avedon in his iconic images of Brigitte Bardot (1959) and Audrey Hepburn (1967); and Warhol in his dramatically rendered superstars, such as Double Elvis (1963) and Four Marilyns (Reversal Series) (1986).
The exhibition is not to be missed for many reasons. One of many is the reason that its a one in a lifetime experience where two amazing artists will be presented together side to side. It will also showcase a more diverse, wider and darker showcase of Warhol’s outstanding work. There is a reason both of these artists remain so famous years after their deaths. Their work speaks to thousands around the world.
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