DATE: May 18, 2008
The AIPAD Photography Show New York, presented
by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD)
closed on Sunday, April 13, 2008, smashing all attendance records and
featuring rave reviews and excellent sales figures. One of the world's
most important international photography events, the show brought
together 75 of the world's leading fine art photography galleries at the
Park Avenue Armory in New York City. A wide range of museum-quality
work by contemporary, modern and 19th century masters was on view from
April 10 through 13, 2008. Attendance for the four-day show was up 18
percent over last year.
The 28th edition of The AIPAD Photography Show New York
opened with a Gala Benefit Preview on Wednesday, April 9, to benefit
the John Szarkowski Fund, an endowment for photography acquisitions at
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
As always, The AIPAD Photography Show New York was well attended
by collectors, curators and museum directors, leaders in finance, real
estate, entertainment and fashion as well as dealers, artists,
celebrities and the media. Among the boldface names were Jessica Lang,
Matt Dillon, Kathy Bates, Calvin Klein, Agnes Gund, Glenn Lowry, Peter
Galassi, Donald Marron, Clarissa Bronfman, Charles Moffett, Bob
Colacello, Cindy Adams, Anthony Bourdain, Chuck Close, Alec Soth, Paolo
Ventura, Jerry Uelsmann, Maggie Taylor, and Elliott Erwitt.
"Collectors and AIPAD dealers offered enthusiastic praise for the
sophisticated look and the superb range of works displayed at this
year's show," noted Robert Klein, President, The Association of
International Photography Art Dealers, and owner, Robert Klein Gallery,
Boston. "The excellent response to the show underscores the
extraordinary commitment our dealers make to further an appreciation for
fine photography -- and the Park Avenue Armory provides the ideal
showcase. We are thrilled and honored to collaborate with The Museum of
Modern Art. The success of the Gala Benefit Preview is further
evidence that we've provided a meaningful environment for collectors,
and that our mission of preserving, presenting and educating about all
aspects of fine art photography is in step with one of the world's
A number of significant sale were reported: Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Inc.,
New York, sold Robert Howlett's iconic portrait, Isambard Kingdom Brunel
by the Launching Chains, 1857, for six figures. A salt print by
Charles Negre from 1851 went for $90,000. Michael Shapiro Photographs,
San Francisco, sold a number of vintage gelatin silver prints including
a Pierre Dubreuil for $130,000, an Ansel Adams for $45,000 and a
Margaret Bourke-White for $25,000.
Silverstein Photography, New York, reported sales were higher than last
year and the crowds were "enormous and relentless" with serious
collectors and institutional buyers from around the world. Contemporary
work nearly sold out at the booth, including work by Zoe Strauss, Randy
West, Shinichi Maruyama and Marvin Newman. Sales were brisk for work
by the emerging Italian-born artist Maria Antonietta Mameli (15 were
sold), as well as for work by established masters such as Ernst Haas,
André Kertész (Polaroids), Aaron Siskind, Harry Callahan and Edward
Weston. The gallery also reported that several substantial pieces were
slated for museum acquisition pending board approval.
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, reported excellent sales and sold 45
prints including a Massimo Vitali for $27,500. Hasted Hunt, New York,
sold 40 works including a digital C-print by Andreas Gefeller for
$20,000 and one by Erwin Olaf for $25,000. Yancy Richardson, New York,
sold out of two editions, including one of the show's highlights:
Victoria Sambunaris's spectacular Western landscape Wendover, UT.
Richardson reported that museums from across the country purchased work
from the gallery. Robert Burge/20th Century Photographs, Ltd., New
York, echoing many AIPAD dealers, said that the show looked beautiful.
The gallery sold 12 works. Etherton Gallery, Tucson, sold more than 25
prints and reported that a Frederick Sommer went for $45,000.
Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, devoted their space to the photographs
of John Szarkowski with an exhibition that included work by other
artists that were inspired by and supported by him and reported that
they were very impressed by the attendance. Barry Singer Gallery,
Petaluma, CA, sold 8 works ranging from $4,000 to $38,000, including
classics by Minor White and Ansel Adams. Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta,
brought work by two artists, Edith Maybin and Masato Seto, to New York
audiences for the first time and was very pleased by the response from
both well-established and first-time collectors.
Keith de Lellis Gallery, New York, sold 17 prints, ranging from $5,000
to $12,000 to celebrities from the worlds of fashion and art, as well as
institutions. De Lellis commented on the excellent number of
first-time buyers and was pleased by the mix of private collectors and
museums, as well as Americans and Europeans. Scott Nichols Gallery, San
Francisco, sold more than 20 prints including work by Ansel Adams,
George Tice, Edward Weston, Chester Higgins, Ruth Bernhard and Mona
Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris, was extremely pleased with the show
and sold 12 works by such artists as Inge Morath, Frank Horvat, Laurence
Demaison, Carla van de Puttelaar and Michael Von Graffenried.
Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, devoted most of their booth to work by
Alec Soth and was very pleased with both the economic results as well as
the public's overwhelming response to Soth's work. Throckmorton Fine
Art, Inc., New York, sold more than 15 works including a unique print by
Tina Modotti for $25,000. Richard Moore Photographs, Oakland, CA, sold
12 works, including recently discovered rare prints by Margrethe
Mather. Czech Center of Photography, Prague, sold more than 27 works
including prints by Frantisek Drtikol.
Charles Isaacs Photographs, Inc., New York, offered one of the show's
highlights, a group of recently discovered French 19th-century
photographs that had not been exhibited publicly since the 19th century.
The gallery sold 12 albumen prints by Louis Lafon, circa 1880s, with
six going to major museums. "The show was very good in all ways
especially in terms of attendance from institutions -- a measure of how
important this show is for curators," Charles Isaacs noted, adding,
"Given the state of the economy, we really dodged a bullet."
The AIPAD Photography Show New York presented a series of well-received special events entitled The Legacy of John Szarkowski
on Saturday in the Veteran's Room at the Park Avenue Armory. Peter
Galassi, Chief Curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern
Art, New York, delivered a short talk, Photography Until Now: John Szarkowski's Materialist History of Photography,
and moderated a touching panel discussion with AIPAD dealers whose
lives were impacted by this legendary curator and photographer. Richard
Woodward introduced his excellent short documentary film John Szarkowski: A Life in Photography (Checkerboard Films, 1998). Also on Saturday, AIPAD and Aperture Foundation presented An Insider's Look at Photography: Conversations with Writers + Curators,
moderated by Michelle Dunn Marsh and Laurel Ptak, Aperture Foundation.
The speakers included: Geoffrey Batchen, Professor of the History of
Photography and Contemporary Art, Graduate Center, CUNY, and Lyle Rexer,
Independent Critic as well as Alison Nordström, Curator of Photographs,
George Eastman House, and Sandra S. Phillips, Senior Curator of
Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
The AIPAD Photography Show New York coincided with the publication of the 2008 Membership Directory and Illustrated Catalogue. For more information, please go to www.aipad.com
The AIPAD Photography Show New York is the longest running and
foremost exhibition of fine art photography. Founded in 1978, The
Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) represents
more than 145 of the world's leading galleries in fine art photography.
AIPAD is dedicated to creating and maintaining the highest standards of
scholarship and ethical practice in the business of exhibiting, buying
and selling photographs as fine art.
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