Israel Museum gets 74 Richard Avedon photographs

Israel Museum gets 74 Richard Avedon photographs
Richard Avedon, in New York in 1994. (Patrick Demarchelier)

A group of 74 photographs by the late Richard Avedon has been donated to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem as part of a joint gift from Leonard Lauder, the Richard Avedon Foundation and art dealer Larry Gagosian. The donation includes portraits of notable personalities as well as a 20-by-8 foot photographic mural of Allen Ginsberg's family.

Lauder initiated the gift and brought on board the foundation and Gagosian, who represents the collection, according to the museum.


"We believe that Richard Avedon, who was so proud of his Jewish identity, would be very happy to see this important body of work exhibited in Jerusalem," said James Martin, executive director of the Richard Avedon Foundation, in a statement.

Among the photographs in the donation is a set first published in Rolling Stone magazine that depicts powerful political figures from circa 1976, including Donald Rumsfeld. The donation also includes mural-sized photographs of Andy Warhol and members of The Factory; members of the radical group the Chicago Seven; and members of the diplomatic Mission Council in Saigon taken in 1971.

Items from the donation are expected to go on display at the Israel Museum in the spring of 2014.