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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF LAURA WILSON

Richard Avedon
1923-2004
'JAMES LYKINS, OIL FIELD WORKER, RAWSON, NORTH DAKOTA, 8/17/82'
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF LAURA WILSON

Richard Avedon
1923-2004
'JAMES LYKINS, OIL FIELD WORKER, RAWSON, NORTH DAKOTA, 8/17/82'
Estimate
40,00060,000
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Richard Avedon
1923-2004
1923 - 2004
'JAMES LYKINS, OIL FIELD WORKER, RAWSON, NORTH DAKOTA, 8/17/82'
mounted to aluminum, signed, dated, and inscribed 'For Laura and Bob from Dick' by the photographer in ink and with the In the American West series title, title, date, photographer's credit, copyright, and inscription 'Unique print' and 'Gift to Laura Wilson in appreciation for her contribution to In The American West,' etched on the reverse, 1982, printed in 1985
45 3/8 by 37 3/4 in. (115.3 by 95.9 cm.)
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Provenance

Gift of the photographer to the present owner, 1985

Literature

Another print of this image:

Richard Avedon, In the American West (New York, 2005), rear cover and unpaginated

Catalogue Note

The photograph offered here comes from the collection of photographer Laura Wilson, Richard Avedon's assistant during the In the American West series.  Wilson met Avedon at one of the first planning meetings for the project in 1979, and worked with him for the duration of the six-year project.   Traveling each summer with Avedon, she researched locations, planned trips, scouted for sitters, and assisted with the photography. 

Avedon's work on the series In the American West resulted in 752 negatives, 123 of which were featured in an exhibition by the same name held at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, in 1985.  The negatives for these portraits are held in the museum's archives, and under Avedon's instructions are not to be printed again.  The negatives not used to produce prints for the exhibition were destroyed.

According to The Richard Avedon Foundation, this print is one of only four produced in this size format.  The other three prints are in the collections of the Amon Carter Museum (one print) and The Richard Avedon Foundation, housed at The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson (two prints).  Additionally, there are two smaller engraver's prints in the collection of The Richard Avedon Foundation. 

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