The Sherman & Avedon Murals: Large Photographic Portraits
Avedon, Allen Ginsberg’s family - view large
While the style, content and technique are very different, there are two exhibits in Chelsea featuring large portraits, Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures and Richard Avedon at Gagosian. Avedon’s work is black and white documentary portraiture of real people, selected by Avedon and his editors as culturally or politically relevant. Sherman’s portraits are fictional characters wearing Chanel outfits, each played by Sherman. Her work is contemporary, produced with digital cameras, green-screen technique and modern printers. Avedon’s work was made in the early 1970’s; it’s still challenging to produce photographic prints at three meters high.