A new show at the King's Cross branch of the Gagosian Gallery will explore the parallel careers of pop artist Andy Warhol and fashion photographer Richard Avedon.
Although the pair's professional lives only intersected briefly – when Avedon photographed Warhol's Factory in 1969 – the exhibition argues that their lives and works nonetheless overlapped. Each of the Gagosian’s four spaces will focus on a different connection.
The two men sprang from humble backgrounds to become successful in the 1950s magazine trade. As portraitists, they captured many of the same faces, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and Rudolf Nureyev. Both realised the creative potential of repetition and mass production, and their oeuvres reverberate with the themes of power, mortality and celebrity. Together, Alvedon and Warhol provided an inimitable account of post-war American pop culture.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated book, which includes essays by art historian Ara H. Merjian and essayist and novelist Michael Bracewell.