ARTMKT RECAP By: Janet Lehr
AIPAD 2013 – A Photography Show That Resonates.
April 4 – 7, 2013 at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street www.aipad.com
The first week in April 2013 is a week that sings ‘photography is’. Here we are in the 21st Century and within the week photography experts and aficionados are treated to a very impressive cycle of photographs of the American Civil War, "Photography and the American Civil War" which opened this week and runs April 2 – Sept 2, 2013, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and AIPAD – the quintessential international photography exhibition, now at the 67th St Armory on Park Avenue in New York City thru Sunday April 7th.
Of the many personalities at the opening last night, we captured the great MAGNUM photographer Elliot Erwitt, at rest in a celestial setting.
Art dealer – VERED, of Vered Gallery East Hampton NY, the Hampton’s first gallery, opening in 1977 and its premiere gallery. I encountered it first in 1983 when surprise surprise I was invited to a weekend in the Hamptons to see an exhibition – I had no idea that a gallery 90 miles from NYC would have works by Willem de Kooning and Chuck Close on exhibit. This was the weekend for me that started me on a second life. Within two years I became a partner.
Vered a ‘convert’ to photography-as-art pointed out this rare Minor White sequence: Sounds of One Hand Clapping.
Then I spied, Dr Stanley Burns – collector extraordinary – one of America’s Top 100 Collectors. (AIPAD 2013 drew the top level photography collectors – and none of them left without ‘a little something’.) For Stanley this was a week that saw the fulfillment of his dreams. One entire section of the Metropolitan Museum’s Civil War exhibition, was comprised of his photographs; medical photographs of field surgery and post mortems, brilliant in their precision; exquisite records of an era of medicine thankfully in the past.
Collectors are a tightlipped group – I don’t know whether he bought the negative image at the AIPAD fair of Charles Negre’s hand – but…. Regardless, it is there at the 67th St Armory for you to marvel at.
Not likely that you’ll miss Flip Schulke’s Ali (underwater) portrait – talk about the tricks of the game of photography!!!
If you want to time your day at AIPAD 2013 to a one of their several panel discussions which are being held off site
at Hunter West Building at Hunter College 2 blocks from the Armory, here is the schedule.
IPAD Panel Discussions
Attend a series of special panel discussions on Saturday, April 6. Hear perspectives from art experts, including leading curators, dealers, artists, critics, and journalists. Speakers and topics are subject to change.
Tickets are limited and sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets may be purchased at the Park Avenue Armory during Show hours starting at 11a.m. on Thursday, April 4. Tickets are $10 per person per session.
The Fine Art Photo Market from Birth to Today
The transformation of photography in the last decades is nothing short of revolutionary – and has been driven largely by the marketplace in art photography that began in the 1970s. This panel explores the 40-year-old photo market with leading experts. Speakers: Catherine Edelman, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago; Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Chairman of the Board, Aperture Foundation; Duane Michals, artist; Susanna Wenniger, Senior Specialist, Photography, Artnet. Moderator will be Jill Arnold, Director, Business Development, AXA Art Insurance Corporation
The L.A. Scene
Collectors talk about the expansion of the Los Angeles art world. This panel will explore how the scene has grown and the increasing importance of photography. Speakers: Dan Greenberg, collector; Marjorie Ornston, collector; Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck, collectors. Moderator will be Judith Keller, Senior Curator, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum
Photographers and Critics
What is the role of critics in the photo world? How do reviews impact a photographer’s work? Two key writers and two major photographers face off. Speakers: Vince Aletti, critic and curator; Bruce Davidson, artist; LaToya Ruby Frazier, artist; Moderator will be Jean Dykstra, freelance writer and Editor at Large, Photograph magazine
Color Rush: 75 Years of Color Photography in America
A talk with the curators Lisa Hostetler, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Katherine Bussard, Princeton University Art Museum, about their current exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum, which surveys color photography from 1907 through 1981. Artists Barbara Kasten and John Pfahl, whose work is included in the exhibition, will also participate. They will be joined by Andy Grundberg, Associate Provost, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC. This panel was organized in association with Aperture Foundation on the occasion of the publication of Color Rush: American Color Photography from Stieglitz to Sherman.
FINALLY My quiz to readers – before they leave the exhibition: HAVE YOU SEEN THESE PRINTS. If you haven’t, circle round the booths again.
Photography: Ruth Kalb