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The AIPAD Photography Show New York to Be Held March 26-29, 2009 presented by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD)

Posted By Turner Uligian, Friday, March 27, 2009
Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014

Gala Preview on March 25 to Benefit John Szarkowski Fund

Special Exhibitions to Celebrate AIPAD's 30th Anniversary

One of the most important international photography events, The AIPAD Photography Show New York, will be presented by AIPAD from March 26 through 29, 2009. Seventy-three of the world's leading fine art photography galleries will present a wide range of museum-quality work including contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video, and new media, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The 29th edition of The AIPAD Photography Show New York will open with a Gala Preview on March 25 to benefit the John Szarkowski Fund, an endowment for photography acquisitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The AIPAD Photography Show New York is the longest running and foremost exhibition of fine art photography.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of AIPAD, this year's Show will feature a number of special events, including two special exhibitions, panel discussions and a lecture. The 30th anniversary exhibition, Innovation, will showcase milestones in the history of photography from daguerreotypes to new media. In addition, the Center for the Legacy of Photography (CLP) will show Cause & Effect, an exhibition of vintage photographic prints drawing upon George Eastman House's extensive collection.

A full day of panel discussions on Saturday, March 28, will feature leaders in the art world including Malcolm Daniel, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Anne E. Havinga, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Grant B. Romer, George Eastman House; Charlotte Cotton, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Vince Aletti, critic and curator; and artists and filmmakers including Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Albert Maysles, and Bruce Davidson.

"This year's 30th anniversary celebration underscores the extraordinary knowledge and connoisseurship of AIPAD dealers," noted Stephen Bulger, the new President of AIPAD, and President, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto. "Now, more than ever, collectors are looking for the exceptional eye and experience that AIPAD dealers possess."


A wide range of the world's leading fine art photography galleries will show at The AIPAD Photography Show New York. In addition to galleries from New York City and across the country, a number of international galleries will be included from London, Paris, Toronto, Munich, Vienna, Milan and Buenos Aires. Thirteen new galleries will show at The AIPAD Photography Show New York. They include eight new member galleries: Danziger Projects, New York; Foley Gallery, New York; Charles Guice Contemporary, Berkeley, CA; Andrea Meislin, New York; Sepia International, New York; Janet Sirmon Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY; Galeria Vasari, Buenos Aires; and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York. Five guest exhibitor galleries have been invited to the Show: Cohen Amador Gallery, New York; Miller Block Gallery, Boston; Higher Pictures, New York; Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg; and Rick Wester Fine Art, New York. In recognition of the important role of photography art books, three booksellers have been invited to the show, including: Harper's Books; Jeff Hirsch Books; and John McWhinnie @ Glenn Horowitz Bookseller.

Special Exhibitions

INNOVATION: An Exhibition Within an Exhibition

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of AIPAD, The AIPAD Photography Show New York will present Innovation: An Exhibition Within an Exhibition.From daguerreotype to new media, each gallery will show a work that reflects an innovation - such as a technical or artistic development or a seminal work. In each booth, the work will be identified as an innovation in the history of photography. A complete catalogue of the Innovation special exhibition, including images and wall text is available. Download the entire INNOVATION catalogue here.

Cause & Effect

The Center for the Legacy of Photography, a new initiative of George Eastman House and the Image Permanence Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology, will present a special exhibition, Cause & Effect, that includes vintage photographic prints drawn from George Eastman House's extensive collection. Work such as an early salt print by Hill & Adamson will be shown side-by-side with later prints in platinum and carbon. Sequences of prints by Alvin Langdon Coburn will reconstruct aesthetic choices made by the artist. Variant prints of Lewis W. Hine's famous and infamous Powerhouse Mechanic image will be on view. The exhibition will provide insight into historic cause-and-effect relationships of materials and processes. The Center, made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, focuses on collecting and sharing knowledge about photographic materials of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Special Events

The AIPAD Photography Show New York has planned a full day of programs, including three panel discussions and a lecture on Saturday, March 28. At 10:00 a.m., a panel discussion entitled What Makes a Photographic Print a Masterpiece? (Why Process and Print Quality Matter) with Grant B. Romer, Co-Director, Center for the Legacy of Photography, and Research Curator, George Eastman House; Malcolm Daniel, Curator in Charge, Department of Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Anne E. Havinga, Senior Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Hans P. Kraus, Jr. Fine Photographs; and James M. Reilly, Co-Director, Center for the Legacy of Photography, and Director of the Image Permanence Institute.

The photographer Bruce Davidson will talk at 12:00 p.m., about his work from 1956 to the present, including his new publication, Bruce Davidson: Central Park in Platinum, published by Verso Limited Edition Books. At 2:00 p.m., a panel discussion entitled The Art of Fashion Photography will feature Charlotte Cotton, Curator, Department Head, Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Vince Aletti, Critic and Curator; Etheleen Staley, Staley-Wise Gallery; and Takouhy Wise, Staley-Wise Gallery. Photographers as Filmmakers will be presented at 4:00 p.m. with Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Artist, Filmmaker; and Albert Maysles, Artist, Filmmaker; and Steven Kasher, Steven Kasher Gallery.

AIPAD programs are free with Saturday, March 28 admission to The AIPAD Photography Show New York. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Show Highlights

A number of important portraits will be on view at The AIPAD Photography Show New York.Alan Klotz Gallery, New York, will be presenting photographs by Jonathan Torgovnik from his new book Intended Consequences: Rwandan Children Born of Rape (Aperture 2009). Among the most isolated survivors of the 1994 genocide—when over 100,000 Rwandan women were subjected to sexual violence perpetrated by members of the Hutu militia groups—are women who have borne children as a result of those rapes. Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from sales of Torgovnik's heart-wrenching work will be donated to the Foundation Rwanda, and to the support of these women and their children. The photographs are currently on view in an exhibition at Aperture Gallery in New York City through May 7, and will also be shown next month in the Visitors' Lobby at the United Nations.

Gao Yuan's 12 Moons is a series of digital portraits of 12 mothers with their infant children. The babies and their mothers now live in Beijing, but originally they were from 12 different provinces in China. Superimposed on each portrait is a different Chinese zodiac animal "tattoo." The work will be on view at Throckmorton Fine Art, New York. Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, will be bringing works by the French artist, Lillian Birnbaum. Taken over a period of five years, the portraits in her new project, Transition, depict young girls—at a lake near New York in the summer heat, in the parks and gardens of Paris, in southern landscapes—and examine the awakening of an as-yet-undefined femininity in an interplay of innocence and allure. Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg, will show a 1966 portrait of Mohammad Ali by German artist Thomas Hoepker entitled Ali jumping off Chicago River Bridge.

The AIPAD Photography Show New York will offer a number of remarkable landscapes and cityscapes. Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, will show Carleton E. Watkins's Washington Column, 208 Feet, Yosemite. The 1865-66 albumen print is considered one of the artist's most beautiful images. Olaf Otto Becker's astonishing photographs of a disappearing Greenland will be on view at Cohen Amador Gallery, New York. he work of Vivan Sundaram was recently featured in two surveys of contemporary Indian art: Chalo! India at Tokyo's Mori Art Museum and Shifting Shapes—Unstable Signs at the Yale University Art Gallery. For Metal Box, one of the wittiest works from the Trash series, Sundaram constructed a huge and fantastical cityscape entirely with garbage in his New Delhi studio. The resulting photographs, on view at Sepia International, New York, re-imagine the dreams and aspirations of the architect as grand city planner, while simultaneously poking fun at the folly of such utopian misadventures.

Jeff Mermelstein is a photographer's photographer. Schooled on the streets of New York in the instant reflex art of Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank, and Garry Winogrand, Mermelstein expands upon that iconographic idiom by shooting exclusively in color. His work will be on view at Rick Wester Fine Art, New York. Miller Block Gallery, Boston, will show work from David Maisel's Library of Dust that depicts individual copper canisters, each containing the cremated remains of patients from a state-run psychiatric hospital, and blooming with impossibly colorful corrosions. Library of Dust was published as an oversized monograph by Chronicle Books last fall.

Charles Schwartz Ltd., New York, is offering a rare gelatin-silver print of W. Eugene Smith's renowned, The Walk to Paradise Garden from 1946. This was the first picture that Smith made upon recovery from his war injuries—a life-affirming photograph of his two children after the destruction of war. Paris and the Chairs, an early vintage print from 1951 by Robert Frank, shows a romantic garden scene in Paris and will be on view at Galerie Johannes Faber, Vienna. Serge Plantureux, Paris, will show 12 prints by Henri Cartier-Bresson including Le retour, Displaced Persons, Dessau from 1945.

Galleria Vasari, Buenos Aires, is showing Dreams, by Bauhaus artist Grete Stern. The group of 46 photomontages represents one of only five existing series; the other four are in museums and private collections. Stern produced this series from 1948 to1952 for a weekly magazine in Argentina and only recovered the negatives of this work from the magazine in the early 1990s. Dreams has also been exhibited in numerous museums internationally. In 1978, a photography book called Re-visions by Marcia Resnick was released to wide critical acclaim from Resnick's artistic and literary peers, among them William Burroughs, Andy Warhol, and Allen Ginsberg. Seven photographs from the book, which have not been exhibited for 20 years, will be on view at Deborah Bell Photographs, New York.

William Henry Fox Talbot, the inventor of the paper negative, produced some of the most fascinating photographic images within the first decade of photography's existence. The Ladder, 1844, is one of Talbot's best known photographs and will be on view at Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Inc., New York. Charles Isaacs Photographs, Inc., New York, will show a recently acquired, and possibly unique, suite of 45 photographs showing "Uniforms of the Enlisted Men in the U.S. Army" dating from 1863/64. An extraordinary catalog of the uniforms worn in that historic conflict, all with beautiful hand-applied color, the images can also be seen as a proto-modernist typology, as each uniform is worn by the same model.

André Kertész's gelatin-silver print, New York [boy with ice cream], Oct. 12, 1944, will be on exhibit at Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto. The artist moved to New York in 1936 and lived there until the end of his life. His influence affected the next generation of photographers that included Lisette Model, Berenice Abbott, Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander, among many others. Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, will show photographs by Lillian Bassman that have never before been exhibited, as well as epic work from Africa by Sebastiao Salgado. Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, will bring new work by Julie Blackmon, Robin Bowman, Achim Lippoth, Holly Roberts, Joel-Peter Witkin, and video/photo artist Gregory Scott.

New large-scale color photographs by Andreas Gefeller will be on view at HASTED HUNT, New York. Robert Mann Gallery, New York, will show work from Holly Andres who is known for tableaux that draw inspiration equally from Hitchcockian cinematic tropes and Nancy Drew dust jackets. Andres's stunning photographs from the series Sparrow Lane plumb psychological depths that are as quixotic as they are visually seductive. Mona Kuhn's new series of work from Brazil will debut at Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta. The work will also be published in a new book by Steidl in the fall.

Contemporary Works/Vintage Works, Chalfont, PA, will be exhibiting Jerry Spagnoli's remarkable daguerreotypes of the Obama Inauguration. The gallery will also show a rare salt print from the very first inauguration to have been photographed—that of President James Buchanan in1857.

Matthew Pillsbury's Hordes, Musee d' Historie Naturelle, 2008, is part of a group of pictures taken at major museums and other locations throughout Paris and will be on view at Bonnie Benrubi Gallery, Inc., New York. Robert Miller Gallery, New York, will show work from many important artists including Diane Arbus, Bill Henson, Walter Niedermayr, and Patti Smith. Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd., Santa Fe, is exhibiting prints by both Nancy and Beaumont Newhall, along with works by the friends and colleagues who are part of their legacy—Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eliot Porter, Alfred Stieglitz, Barbara Morgan, and Minor White. Gitterman Gallery, New York, will offer iconic photographs from Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, Helmar Lerski, and William D. Richardson.

The AIPAD Photography Show New Yorkwill also feature new media work. Photo-based LED work by Jim Campbell will be on view atBryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York. A filmmaker and video artist, Campbell is known as a pioneer in new media and has been working with LED technology over the last eight years.

Gala Benefit Preview

The AIPAD Photography Show New York will present a Gala Benefit Preview on Wednesday, March 25, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The evening will benefit the John Szarkowski Fund, an endowment for photography acquisitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The fund was established to honor John Szarkowski, one of the most influential curators in photography and a photographer in his own right. Ticket information is as follows:

Benefactor - 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ($7,500, 5 tickets)

Patron - 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ($1,500, 1 ticket)

Sponsor - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ($500, 1 ticket)

Friend - 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ($100, 1 ticket) 

For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact The Museum of Modern Art, +1.212.708.9680

Show Information
The AIPAD Photography Show New York will run from Thursday, March 26 though Sunday, March 29, 2009 at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street in New York City. Show hours will be:

Thursday, March 26 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 27 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 28 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 29 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The admission is $25 daily. TheAIPAD 2009 Membership Directory & Illustrated Catalogueis available for $10 at the Show. The $40 run-of-show ticket includes a catalogue. No advance purchase is required. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, contact AIPAD at +1.202.367.1158 or visit the Web site at

Media Preview

A Media Preview will be held for The AIPAD Photography Show New York from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2009. To RSVP, please contact Margery Newman atpr@aipad.comDownload an image sheet here.


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