16. Richard Avedon: Nothing Personal at Pace Gallery
Pace Gallery presents Richard Avedon: Nothing Personal, a collection of photographs and archival materials drawn from Avedon’s 1964 collaboration with James Baldwin. In 1963, Avedon, who photographed Baldwin for a magazine assignment, suggested that they collaborate on a book about life in America, with Avedon creating photographic portraits and Baldwin writing the essays. Their subjects ranged from civil rights icons to popular sports figures.
The original 1964 project, Nothing Personal, was denounced at the time. It has since become 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.”
TASCHEN will republish a facsimile edition of Nothing Personal, with an accompanying booklet containing a new introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, Hilton Als, and rare and unpublished Avedon photographs. Richard Avedon: Nothing Personal will be on view to January 13, 2018 at Pace Gallery, 537 West 24th Street. This will be the first comprehensive presentation of this period of his work.