Richard Avedon’s Fantastic Photographs of Iconic “Families”


The legendary photographer Richard Avedon has contributed iconic visions and documents of everything from couture fashion to the American Civil Rights Movement. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Avedon was working on a series of giant photographic murals of families… of sorts. The portraits captured the Chicago Seven, Allen Ginsberg with his extended family, and Andy Warhol with his Factory crew — Candy Darling, Taylor Mead, and Paul Morrissey, all clustered in crisp black-and-white, leaning back, making history. Now through July 27th, see the murals larger-than-life at the Gagosian Gallery on 21st Street, along with smaller portraits relevant to the times — Andy Warhol’s scar ridden torso, Gingsberg and Orlovsky getting amorous, and Abbie Hoffman flipping the bird.

Abbie Hoffman, Yippie, New York, September 11, 1968. Courtesy of the Gagosian

Andy Warhol and members of The Factory: Gerard Malanga, poet; Viva, actress; Paul Morrissey, director; Taylor Mead, actor; Brigid Polk, actress; Joe Dallesandro, actor; Andy Warhol, artist, New York, October 9, 1969. Courtesy of the Gagosian

Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, poets, New York, December 30, 1963. Courtesy of the Gagosian

Andy Warhol, artist, New York, August 14, 1969. Courtesy of the Gagosian

Dao Dua, “The Coconut Monk,” Mekong Monastery, Phoenix Island, South Vietnam, April 14, 1971. Courtesy of the Gagosian

Louis Ginsberg and his son Allen Ginsberg, poets, Paterson, New Jersey, May 3, 1970. Courtesy of the Gagosian

Florynce Kennedy, civil rights lawyer, New York, August 1, 1969. Courtesy of the Gagosian

Rose Mary Woods, secretary to President Richard Nixon, Washington, D.C., August 10, 1975. Courtesy of the Gagosian