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Gallery FIFTY ONE Celebrates Fifteen Years

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Anniversary Exhibition: The Pistil's Waltz


Exhibition Dates:  June 2 – July 18, 2015


Reception: Saturday, May 30

2:00 - 6:00 pm



In recognition of the gallery’s 15th anniversary FIFTY ONE presents a group show with works by gallery artists and beyond.  The selection of works in The Pistil's Waltz will be allied by a loose and varied interpretation of the theme “flower.”  Artists on view to include Patrick Robyn, ARPAIS du bois, Masao Yamamoto, Stephan Vanfleteren, Tom Butler, Harry Gruyaert, Andre Kertesz, Ruth Van Beek, Frank Horvat, Robert Mapplethorpe, Saul Leiter, Daido Moriyama, Nobuyoshi Araki, William Klein, Friederike von Rauch, Horst P. Horst, Malick Sidibe , Seydou Keita, Jacques Sonck, Bruno V. Roels, Michael Wolf, Jan Yoors, Cy Twombly, Vivian Maier, and Annie Kevans, among others.


The gallery opened in June of 2000.  It is the only major gallery exclusively dealing photography in Belgium.  Based in Antwerp, FIFTY ONE presents vintage, classic, fashion, African, and contemporary photographs by established and emerging artists.  In their 15 years of operation, FIFTY ONE has expanded their venue and scope.  FIFTY ONE opened a US in New York in 2009, and a tandem-track gallery FIFTY ONE TOO, opened in 2014, that puts photography in dialogue with different media. 


Congratulations and best continuation.


To learn more about the gallery, their program, and artists, please visit Gallery FIFTY ONE.








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David Leventi at Rick Wester Fine Art in Time LightBox

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 19, 2015

David Leventi:  Opera


through July 10, 2015



Son of two architects, photographer David Leventi’s eye is attuned to space and its special qualities.  In the series Opera, now on view at Rick Wester Fine Art, Leventi draws on all the magic of the Opera House; he captures the formal elegance of the space, the drama of forum, and the anticipation of the performance; all these emotions hum around us and crescendo in frame after frame.  In the eight years Leventi spent on the project he traveled to over 40 opera houses and almost 20 countries. 


A review of the work by Myles Little in Time LightBox opens with a quote by Plácido Domingo that situates us properly within the work:


“'In the English-speaking world they say ‘Break a leg.’ But in Italy, they say, ‘In bocca al lupo,’ which means, ‘In the wolf’s mouth.’ Because when we singers face the audience from the stage of a traditional . . . opera house, with its tiers of boxes and galleries, we feel that we could be in the jaws of some gigantic beast. . .'”  (Time Lightbox).  


Indeed, positioned as we are in each frame at center-stage, we feel a true sense of awe. 



Read the full review in Time LightBox.

Visit Rick Wester Fine Art for more information on the artist and this exhibition.


Image Information:

David Leventi, Palais Garnier, Paris, France

Courtesy of Rick Wester Fine Art

Tags:  David Leventi  Rick Wester Fine Art  Time LightBox 

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Frida Kahlo: More than a Moment

Posted By Administration, Friday, May 15, 2015


A legend in her own time as much as ours, Frida Kahlo is the focus of a string of exhibitions in New York.  Throckmorton Fine Art opens, Mirror Mirror…, an exhibition of portraits of the artist, and the New York Botanical Garden reimagines the garden at the Casa Azul and highlights still-lives and works with botanical subjects. 


Mirror Mirrior… opens at Throckmorton on May 21st.  Even with a stunning collection of 50 rare vintage prints of the artist by 20th century masters we could handle more.  This represents but a portion of the images that depict the artist; “’Frida did not miss an opportunity to be photographed by anyone,’” said Photo Director, Norberto Rivera in a recent article, by Guy Trebay (New York Times). Depictions of Kahlo on view are by Lola Alvarez Bravo, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Florence Arquin, Lucienne Bloch, Imogen Cunningham, Hector Garcia, Dora Maar, Leo Matiz, Edward Weston, and more.  Together they offer a glimpse into the soul of this Mexican artist, revolutionary, and icon.  Indeed, we find the artist’s visage as inexhaustible as our desire to see her work.  The more we know of Kahlo, the more we engage her work and vice-versa.  We all know Frida lived in pain; images, says Rivera in Trebay’s article, were her way to hide it.  We can choose to see each frame in Mirror Mirror… as a shield and a doorway.


Learn  more about Mirror Mirror…

at Throckmorton Fine Art.


Read “Its Frida Kahlo’s Moment” by Guy Trebay

in the New York Times



Tags:  Frida Kahlo  New York Times  Throckmorton Fine Art 

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The Recap: AIPAD 2015 in the Press

Posted By Administration, Saturday, April 25, 2015

AIPAD enjoyed another memorable show. Thanks to all the patrons, dealers, curators, collectors, and artists who attended this annual culmination of the best in Photography. Dealers, a special thanks is due to you: your cumulative vision shapes our understanding and filters-in only the best within the field. The 35th edition of the AIPAD Photography Show was a success because of you!


Take a look back via these reviews and stay tuned to all AIPAD channels:


The Wall Street Journal

"Photo Fair Features Cuban Artists, Plus One Training for Outer Space"

"Top Photo Galleries World-wide Present at AIPAD New York This Weekend"


New York Observer

 "Five Artists to Buy at the 2015 AIPAD Photography Show"



"Frame Your Thoughts"

"Honey, Glitter, and Inflatable Swans: 10 Must-Sees at the AIPAD Photography Show"



"At AIPAD, Check Out Sebastiao Salgado, John Malkovich, and Liz Magic Laser"
"The Must See Photographs at the AIPAD Photography Show"


Vanity Fair

"5 Essential Tribeca Film Festival Movies" (The Culture List)


L’Oeil de la Photographie

Thursday, April 15, 2015

Friday, April 16, 2015

Saturday, April 17, 2015

AIPAD 2015: Catherine Edelman, A happy President


 "10 Reasons to Visit the AIPAD Photography Show"


"The AIPAD Photography Show New York"



"What to Expect at the Tribeca Film Festival & the AIPAD Show this Year"


Robb Report

"The Country's Most Prestigious Photography Fair Returns to New York"

"Sidewalk Superstars"


AnOther Magazine

"The Ten Photographs You Should Buy at AIPAD"


"9 Art Events to Attend in New York City this Week"


New Yorker

Above and Beyond: AIPAD Photography Show


"The AIPAD Photography Show New York"



"10 Must-See Art Shows Opening This Week"



"AIPAD Photography Show New York"

Collector Daily

"Every Booth at the 2015 AIPAD Photography Show New York"

Part 1 of 4

Part 2 of 4

Part 3 of 4

Part 4 of 4


"AIPAD and the Rise of Chinese Photography"

Gallery Intell

"Kahn & Selesnick's 'Theater of Memory' at AIPAD"


American Photo

"Here's How I'd Spend a Million Dollars at the AIPAD Photography Show"

"A New Kind of Street Photography Comes to AIPAD in New York"

"A Glimpse into the World of Fine Art Photography"



"Vintage Strength and More Sizzle for 35th AIPAD New York Photography Show as Audience for the Fair Grows"


Stay-tuned year-round by following AIPAD Member News, as well as through our social media feeds, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  



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Book Review: Carrying Off the Palaces John Ruskin's Lost Daguerreotypes by K & J Jacobson

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Carrying Off the Palaces John Ruskin's Lost Daguerreotypes

by Ken and Jenny Jacobson

published by Bernard Quaritch


I have been lucky enough to get ... some most beautiful… Daguerreotypes

of the palaces I have been trying to draw ... glorious things.  

It is very nearly the same thing as carrying off the palace itself ...

- John Ruskin, K& J Jacobson Press Release


We can only begin to imagine the thrill experienced by Ken and Jenny Jacobson, dealers, collectors, and scholars of 19th century photography when in 2006 they discovered a trove of daguerreotypes at an auction in Penrith.  They had all been taken, purchased or commissioned by John Ruskin, the most important art critic of the 19th century. In a well-worn wooden box were 188 daguerreotypes of Italy, France and Switzerland, including the largest collection of daguerreotypes of Venice and likely the earliest known photographs of the Alps. 

This find has more than doubled the number of known Ruskin daguerreotypes and represents the largest collection of them in the world. For years the Jacobsons have been dedicated to undertaking the conservation of the collection and studying them. Aside from visiting museums and libraries, they have travelled extensively in Europe to determine the precise locations depicted in the views. The quality and unorthodox style of many of Ruskin's daguerreotypes will come as a major revelation to both photographic historians and Ruskin scholars.  The preface tells the story of the discovery and is followed by ten chapters concerning Ruskin’s complex relationship to photography. In addition the book includes one of only a few catalogue raisonnés published in the entire history of photography. It represents an exceptional contribution to photographic history. The hardback text contains 432 pages and 601 illustrations.


To learn more about this discovery and the work of John Ruskin, please contact K & J Jacobson Gallery



To purchase the book, please contact the Publisher, Bernard Quaritch.

Bernard Quaritch to launch the book in the USA at the AIPAD Show. 



Read more about this story in the Financial Times Visual Arts section, BBC, The Telegraph, and Daily Mail.



Image Information:  

Venice, The Grand Canal, Casa d’Oro Under Restoration

Courtesy of K & J Jacobson Gallery


Tags:  Carrying off of the Palaces John Ruskin's Lost Dag  John Ruskin  K & J Jacobson  K&J Jacobson 

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