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Fleeting Moments: Richard Avedon’s “Nothing Personal” at Pace, New York

Members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Atlanta, Georgia, March 1963
(Courtesy: Artist and Pace)

The latest exhibition of Richard Avedon’s work sheds light on a largely less-discussed period of the photographer’s career. Titled “Nothing Personal” the exhibition is taking place at Pace gallery in New York, until mid-January 2017.

The exhibition entitled “Nothing Personal” by Richard Avedon is presented by Pace Gallery and Pace/MacGill Gallery. It includes Richard Avedon’s photographs and extensive archival materials drawn from “Nothing Personal,” Avedon’s 1964 collaboration with James Baldwin. It is also the first comprehensive presentation of this period of Avedon’s work. “Nothing Personal” was originally designed by Marvin Israel and published by Atheneum in November of 1964 under the aegis of legendary editor Simon Michael Bessie. It was denounced at the time of publication, but is now recognized as a masterwork whose powerful message of a confused and often compromised society seeking fleeting moments of joy, grace, and occasional redemption remains equally relevant more than a half-century later.

Richard Avedon (b.1923 in New York City) joined Young Men’s Hebrew Association camera club at the age of 12. After serving as Photographer’s Mate Second Class in the US Merchant Marine during World War II, he began working as a freelance photographer, primarily for Harper’s Bazaar, in 1944. Under the tutelage of Alexey Brodovitch, Avedon quickly became the magazine’s lead photographer, while also creating formal portraits for many other sources, including his own portfolio.

The exhibition is on view through January 13, 2018 at Pace, 537 West 24th Street, New York 10011. 

For details, visit: www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/pace-gallery/overview  

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.