Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Jill Krementz covers AIPAD Photography Show

Oversized photographs were in abundance, including this one by Stephen Wilkes commemorating Obama's second term inauguration in Washington D.C. (Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA).

Wilkes had a photograph in the most recent Sunday New York Times Magazine illustrating the story: "It Takes An Army" — the double-page spread of the staff and owner (Marcus Samuelsson) of Harlem's popular Red Rooster Restaurant at Lenox Avenue and 125th Street.
The AIPAD Photography Show New York
Park Avenue Armory
April 4-7, 2013

The annual AIPAD Photography show representing the world's leading photography art galleries was once again held at the Park Avenue Armory. Now in its 33rd year, it is one of the longest running exhibitions of its kind.

This year's representation showcasing 80 galleries was excellent. On Saturday morning, photography curators and serious buyers roamed the aisles. The Met's Jeff Rosenheim was hard at work, none the worse for wear after his busy week of multiple openings for his magnificent exhibit, America and The Civil War.

I saw lots of credit cards being swiped by those manning the booths. This is the day that most of the serious business is done. As one dealer remarked, "On Sundays, it's the baby carriages."
I particularly liked the portraits by South African LGTB artist Zauele Muholi on display at Yancey Richardson.
Maggie Waterhouse, the gallery's Director of Sales told me that Muholi's work would be included in two upcoming exhibits: Carnegie International in Pittsburgh and in Documenta 2013.
A few more photos by Zauele Muholi.
Frieke Janssens' "Smoking Kids" were on display at Catherine Edelman, a Chicago-based gallery.

The work was inspired by the viral YouTube of the chain-smoking Indonesian toddler.

In the artist statement Ms. Janssens writes: "No real cigarettes were used on set. Chalk and sticks of cheese were the prop stand-ins with candles and incense providing the wisps of smoke."
Alan With Gun, 2009, Ink on Archival Paper, by Anderson & Low at Arthur Roger Gallery. On display: The #4 of a limited edition of 20 was red-dotted.
Ayano Sudo with her self-portrait in the gallery representing her, Picture Photo Space, Inc. located in Osaka, Japan. The 23-year-old artist in the gallery's allotted space.
This beautiful photograph by Charlotte Dumas (from her "Anima" series) was on exhibit at Julie Saul. It is one of a recent portrait series of a team of Army horses used to pull caissons in military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. Ms. Dumas photographed each horse relaxing in the stable after a long work day. This one is named Peter.

Over the past decade, the young Dutch artist has made intimate portraits of dogs, horses, and wolves that compassionately reveal the reasons why we admire these enigmatic creatures.

Mixing her knowledge of Old Master portrait paintings with an eye for compelling photographic poses, Dumas has documented stray dogs on the streets of Palermo, in the shelters of New York City, and police horses in their stables in Rotterdam. The photographer has published eleven books.
Gallerist Julie Saul.
Taki Wise is co-owner with Etheleen Staley of Staley-Wise.

The Gallery is currently showing the work of the late Bert Stern. Coinciding with the exhibit is the release of "Original Mad Man" — a documentary about the late fashion photographer by filmmaker (and Stern's muse) Shannah Laumeister.
On view at Staley-Wise at the armory was this beautiful photograph by the great Frank Horvat. I love his work.
Restaurateur Yann de Rochefort and his 16-month-old son were visiting Taki Wise, a good friend. His new Gramercy Park restaurant is getting buzz across the internet for its clean execution of classic Southern Spanish cuisine, with dishes like Pulpo a la Gallega and Seared Iberico Pork "Presa."

Reviewed (glowingly) in the Wall Street Journal on April 2, 2013, "Manzanilla Spanish Brasserie brings a taste of Andalusia to New York — a change from the typical Spanish fare of tapas or paella. The word 'manzanilla' refers to many things in the southern region of Spain, including a type of wine and an olive of the same name."
Chicago's Stephen Dalter Gallery was showcasing Chanita ll, 1996, a group of 6 Polaroid prints for $22,500.

If there was a trend that I noticed it was the prevalence of sectional framed photographs like this one.
Sunbumed GS#666 (Hurricane Ridge, WA), 2013; Five Gelatin Silver Paper Negatives, 40" x 30," each element.

This unique work by Chris McCaw, an American photographer born in 1971, was priced at $85K at Yossi Milo gallery.
The secondary market was strong. Gary Edwards Gallery in Washington D.C. was selling these photographs by the late Francesca Goodman (1958-1981) — black and white photographs he had purchased many years ago. Ms. Woodman's estate is handled by Marian Goodman in New York.

Like Diane Arbus, who also committed suicide, the prices for photographer's work has escalated since her death.
Sebastião Salgado's Collector's Edition of 2500 copies (two volumes and a stand) was on sale for $3,000 at the Peter Fetterman Gallery. Fetterman is based in Santa Monica.

The book, measuring 36 x 19 inches, was almost sold out.
This will give you an idea of the size of the Salgado book. In the lower right hand corner is Evelyn Salvalinas (Mr. Fetterman's assistant) busy writing up orders.
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