DATE: June 17, 2010
The AIPAD Photography Show New York, was presented by
the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) from
March 18 through 21, 2010.
THE AIPAD PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW NEW YORK
HELD MARCH 18-21, 2010
EXPERIENCES ROBUST SALES AND ATTENDANCE
New York, NY – As the economy slowly recovers, The AIPAD Photography Show New York reported
robust sales during its annual run at the Park Avenue Armory. The Show, presented by The Association
of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), also announced increased attendance during four
spectacular spring days from Thursday, March 18, through Sunday, March 21, 2010. More than 8,300
visitors (up from 8,000 last year) viewed work from 73 of the world's leading fine art photography galleries
including contemporary, modern and 19th century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video and new
The 30th edition of The AIPAD Photography Show New York opened to great excitement with a well
attended Gala Preview on Wednesday, March 17 to benefit the John Szarkowski Fund, an endowment for
photography acquisitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Amanda Burden, Chair, City
Planning Commission, presented a proclamation from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg declaring
"Photography Week in New York City."
Visitors to the fair commented on the extraordinary range of important work on view, the user-friendly
atmosphere of the Park Avenue Armory and the increased attendance. Collectors, leading museum
directors and curators, art dealers, artists and photographers, business leaders, as well as celebrities and
the media attended the Show including Candice Bergen, Peter Riegert, Ellen Barkin, Joel Grey, Martin
Margulies, Glenn Lowry, Peter Galassi, Brian Wallis, Christiane Fischer, Marie Brenner, Richard Prince,
Joel Meyerowitz, Frank Gohlke, Jerry Uelsmann, Maggie Taylor, Bruce Davidson, Elliot Erwitt, Marcia
Resnick, Claire Yaffa, Kendall Messick, Meghan Boody, Jerome Liebling, Marvin E. Newman, Saul Leiter,
Arthur Tress, Carolyn Blackwood, Christian Cravo, Flor Garduno, Marilyn Bridges, Ralph Gibson, Ruven
Afanador, Vera Lutter, and Victor Schrager.
In addition to The Museum of Modern Art, New York, many other major institutions were represented
including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; International Center for Photography, New York;
Brooklyn Museum, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art;
The Art Institute of Chicago; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY;
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm
Beach: Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence; Milwaukee Art Museum; National
Gallery of Canada, Ontario; and Tate, London.
Stephen Bulger, President, AIPAD, and President, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, noted that,
"Dealers were happy and relieved. The market has come back to where it was a few years ago for serious
collectors. First time visitors commented to me that they were impressed by the terrific mix of work from
all periods. Clearly, collectors know that AIPAD is the source for both contemporary and vintage
photography, offering the highest caliber work and the most knowledgeable galleries."
Jill Arnold, Director of Business Development, AXA Art Insurance Corporation, said, "We're pleased to be
working with AIPAD for a second year, supporting the dealers that continue to bring important works to
marketplace. One of the fortunate aspects of our business is our focus on giving back. Our leadership -
from the CEO down - reinforces this important partnership."
Celebration Exhibition and Book
To mark the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Show, an "exhibition within an exhibition" entitled
Celebration, received accolades at The AIPAD Photography Show New York. Each AIPAD member
chose a work reflecting the theme of celebration, and exhibited the photograph in their booth. A complete
catalogue of the exhibition, entitled Celebration ($50, hardcover, 117 pages,) includes a history of AIPAD,
and is available online at aipad.com/publications.
A wide range of the world's leading fine art photography galleries exhibited at The AIPAD Photography
Show New York. In addition to galleries from New York City and across the country, the Show included
a number of international galleries from Paris, London, Berlin, the Czech Republic, Buenos Aires, Japan,
and China. Galleries exhibiting for the first time included: Gallery 339, Philadelphia; Monroe Gallery of
Photography, Santa Fe; M+B, Los Angeles; and L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York. An
exhibitor list is available at aipad.com/photoshow.
A highlight of The AIPAD Photography Show New York was the famous Diane Arbus photograph of
identical twins on a postcard with a handwritten note on the back about her exhibition at The Museum of
Modern Art, which went for $275,000 at A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans. "Friday and
Saturday were the busiest killer days!" Three Henri Cartier-Bresson photographs were sold for between
$21,000 and $23,000.
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, "could not have been happier," and sold a number of video and
new media works by Jim Campbell and Shirley Shor, and found the show to be "equal to the Armory
"The Show was a great blend of vintage and contemporary work," noted Throckmorton Fine Art, New
York. "We had a mix of repeat clients and new customers as well as curators." Charles Isaacs
Photographs, New York, found the show to be "excellent," and sold 25 works including Gustave de
Beaucorps from 1858 for $45,000 and a 1922 Paul Outerbridge nude for $20,000.
"It was better than 2009," noted Robert Burge/Twentieth Century Photographs, Ltd, New York, who
sold 15 works to both local and European collectors. Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, sold 15 contemporary
works including portfolios for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
"We had a really good fair and sold the most expensive work we brought," noted Steven Kasher Gallery,
New York. Yancey Richardson Gallery sold 19 contemporary works including photographs by Andrew
Moore, Mitch Epstein, Laura Letinsky, Alex Prager, and Hellen van Meene.
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, sold 24 works by gallery artists including Lauren E. Simonutti,
Gregory Scott and Julie Blackmon to both collectors and museums. Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla,
specializing in photographs from the 60s to early 80s, reported, "We're thrilled," and sold 35 works in the
$2,500 to 10,000 range.
"We've done well," reported Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, which sold 12 works by artists
including Winn Bullock, George Tice, Mona Kuhn and Rolfe Horn.
"We're happy and the people we met were great and very knowledgeable," noted Robert Morat Galerie,
Hamburg. Galería Vasari, Buenus Aires, sold to both new and regular clients including several works by
Grete Stern for $19,000. Deborah Bell Photographs, New York, said that, "The overall design of the
show was beautiful and was pleased to see curators for museums and private collections as well as
consultants and new buyers." The gallery sold a Harry Callahan from 1952 for $20,000.
Eric Franck Fine Art, London, sold 15 works including a number of gelatin-silver prints by Norman
Parkinson as well as photographs by Eastern European artists including recent work by the awardwinning
photographer Rimaldas Vikšraitis. The Weston Gallery, Inc., Carmel, CA,
sold a 1931 Paul Strand for $70,000 and several Edward Weston "peppers"
as well as works by Winn Bullock and Roman Loranc.
Special Events Round Up
An expanded line-up of six panel discussions on Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, drew overflow
crowds to Louis C. Tiffany-designed Veterans' Room of the Park Avenue Armory. The panels featured
leading curators, critics, artists, collectors and dealers and included: What Collectors Need to Know: The
Art of Caring for Photographs; New Topographics: Landscape Photography Then and Now; Street Seen:
The Psychological Gesture in American Photography, 1940-1959; The Collector's Viewpoint: Martin
Margulies; Contemporary Photography Now; and A Conversation with Members of the Photo League.
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Founded in 1979, The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) represents more
than 120 of the world's leading galleries in fine art photography. The organization is dedicated to creating
and maintaining the highest standards of scholarship and ethical practice in the business of exhibiting,
buying and selling fine art photography. More information is available at www.aipad.com.
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