Pace/MacGill Gallery is pleased to announce its participation in the 20th edition of Paris Photo at the Grand Palais from November 10 – 13, 2016. The gallery will present a selection of Richard Avedon's striking portraits published in Nothing Personal, his seminal 1964 photobook collaboration with former classmate and celebrated author James Baldwin. A maquette of the materials used to produce the publication - including small-scale stats of pictures, preliminary page layouts, and Avedon's handwritten notes - will also be displayed.
Published by Penguin in 1964 just months after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Nothing Personal brings together photographs by Richard Avedon (1923–2004) and highly personal prose by James Baldwin (1924–1987) in a penetrating portrayal of the socio-political climate of 1960s America. Exploring key themes of power, race, class and gender, many of the book's images were taken in 1963 as Avedon traveled throughout the racially segregated Southern United States photographing civil rights activists, patients in a state mental institution and cultural subjects such as George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party. Although Nothing Personal was widely criticized and considered controversial at the time of publication, it now stands as a masterwork whose powerful message remains relevant and resonant over a half-century later.
Alongside this single-artist presentation, the gallery is honored to feature new work by Paul Graham, Richard Learoyd and Richard Misrach, as well as video work by Michal Rovner and a digital piece by the Japanese artist collective teamLab. A selection of modern and contemporary photographs by Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Peter Hujar, Irving Penn, Paolo Roversi, Viviane Sassen and Hiroshi Sugimoto will also be on view.
Concurrently, Pace Paris will have photographs and videos by a variety of artists on view. The gallery is open by appointment from Monday through Friday. To visit Pace Paris, please contact Adeline Drechou at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +33 (0) 1 53 75 02 56.
The Everly Brothers, Singers, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 17, 1961
Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation