Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, poets, New York, December 30, 1963. Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation

Gagosian Gallery presents an exhibition of Richard Avedon’s legendary photographic murals and related portraits until July 27. Spanning from 20 to 35 feet wide and comprising up to five panels, Avedon’s murals capture the transformation of late 1960s and early ’70s America through his groupings of political radicals and subculture superstars. Influential icons such as Andy Warhol and his Factory, The Chicago Seven and beat poet Allen Ginsberg with his extended family and partner Peter Orlovsky are included among Avedon’s subjects. The photograph’s stark white background, larger-than-life scale and frontal alignment portraits work to unveil an intense and confrontational view of each individual, depicting the spirit of a time that still resonates in the present.

Andy Warhol and members of The Factory: Gerard Malanga, poet; Viva, actress; Paul Morrissey, director; Taylor Mead, actor; Brigid Polk, actress; Joe Dallesandro, actor; Andy Warhol, artist, New York, October 9, 1969. Photograph by Richard Avedon © The Richard Avedon Foundation

—Stacy Seiler