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Pat Cleveland Takes 'CULTURED' to 'Avedon 100'

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Pat Cleveland at ”Richard Avedon: Avedon 100” at Gagosian West 21st Street in New York. Photography by Ben Rosser/BFA.com.

“These are all characters who changed the world by being authentic,” Pat Cleveland lets out as she walks through “Richard Avedon: Avedon 100.” The Gagosian show, which opens tonight in Chelsea, New York, features more than 150 works by the seminal photographer. Each photograph was selected by contemporary cultural luminaries, including Hilton Als, Naomi Campbell, Elton John, Tyler Mitchell, Chloë Sevigny, and Cleveland. The iconic artist and model, baptized “the Josephine Baker of the international runways” by André Leon Talley, was a muse to Halston, Antonio Lopez, and the man who preserved their styles in photographs, Avedon. “His vision was to make history,” Cleveland remembers. “Photography was his way of showing the world how he felt about beauty.” In honor of the show’s opening, CULTURED invited Cleveland to turn back the pages of time and remember the people and stories Avedon snapped.

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