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The AIPAD Photography Show New York Ends Highly Successful Run with Record Attendance, Excellent Sales

Posted By Administration, Sunday, May 18, 2008
Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014
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 leading museums."
Sales Highlights
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 Kuhn.
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."
Special Events
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.
AIPAD Catalogue
The AIPAD Photography Show New York coincided with the publication of the 2008 Membership Directory and Illustrated Catalogue. For more information, please go to
AIPAD Background
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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