Israel Museum to receive 74 Richard Avedon portraits
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Israel Museum to receive 74 Richard Avedon portraits

Three NYC donors grant iconic Jewish-American photographer’s works to Jerusalem institution

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem illuminated at night. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)
The Israel Museum in Jerusalem illuminated at night. (photo credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90)

NEW YORK — The Israel Museum in Jerusalem has received a major gift of 74 portraits by photographer Richard Avedon from three New York City donors.

The joint gift was announced Friday by philanthropist Leonard Lauder, gallery owner Larry Gagosian and the Richard Avedon Foundation.

The works include a 1970 photographic mural of poet Allen Ginsberg’s family.

There’s also a complete set of four smaller-format murals created between 1969 and 1971. Those also focus on individuals, including Andy Warhol.

Richard Avedon (photo credit: blaze6t9/Wikipedia Commons)
Richard Avedon (photo credit: blaze6t9/Wikipedia Commons)

Other works include a portfolio of 69 prints from 1976 of political, financial and intellectual figures. It was first published in Rolling Stone magazine.

The gift was initiated by Lauder after he learned that the Israel Museum collection had no works by Avedon.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. 

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