New York – The 33rd annual AIPAD Photography Show New York drew an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response during its four-day run April 4-7, 2013, at the Park Avenue Armory. Presented by The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), the show was well attended by curators, collectors, and media, and sales were brisk. Attendance at the fair, which is the longest-running and foremost exhibition of fine art photography, increased to 11,500 – a record high for the Show.
Eighty-two of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries presented a wide range of museum-quality work, and a new booth design complemented the presentations. The show featured contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video, and new media.
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A wide range of notables from the worlds of art, entertainment, fashion, finance, government, and the media attended AIPAD including: Chris Rock, Naomi Campbell, Kelly Bensimon, John Demsey, Amanda Burden, Leonard Lauder, Sally Mann, Christo, Steven Meisel, Bob Gruen, Elliott Erwitt, Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor, Bruce Davidson, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz, Patrick McMullan, Vince Aletti, Jean Dykstra, Duane Michals, Anna Sui, Louise Blouin, Nion McEvoy, Michael Gross, Gary and Sarah Wolkowitz, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck, Richard and Ronay Menschel, Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Henry Buhl, Joseph Baio, Dan Greenberg, Eileen Cohen, Matt Blank, Peter Som, Marjorie Ornston, Vicki Goldberg, Christiane Fischer, Sandra Philips, Judith Keller, Lisa Hostetler, Katherine Bussard, Jeff Rosenheim, and Fred Ritchin.
AIPAD also drew a wide range of curators from such institutions as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; International Center for Photography, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York: The Morgan Library and Museum, New York; The Philadelphia Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Art Institute of Chicago; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Detroit Institute of Arts; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; New Orleans Museum of Art; National Gallery of Canada, Ontario; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; and Tate Modern, London.
“The response to AIPAD 2013 from both collectors and exhibitors was overwhelming positive,” noted Catherine Edelman, President, AIPAD, and Director, Catherine Edelman Gallery. “Sales were strong across the board, and AIPAD’s famously collegial and welcoming atmosphere combined with the collective knowledge and expertise of the membership was unbeatable.”
Rick Wester of Rick Wester Fine Art noted, “The foot traffic was the best we’ve ever experienced. We met dozens of new collectors, whose interest and passion for collecting lasted the entire show. Sales were very strong.” Wendy Olsoff at P.P.O.W. said, “We’re so happy about our first time at AIPAD. The collectors are friendly, smart, and knowledgeable; and we had very healthy sales.”
Justine Durrett, Director of Sales, David Zwirner, said, “As a still new participant, we appreciate the warm welcome by the entire AIPAD membership and photo community. Our second consecutive year at the fair proved successful once again, as it’s the perfect way for us to meet and get to know so many exceptional curators and collectors at once.
Catherine Couturier of Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX, said, “I have been extremely pleased. Sales have been steady to many familiar faces and new collectors as well.” Vasari, Buenos Aires, reported excellent sales, including a portfolio by Grete Stern and Ellen Auerbach. Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, reported that sales were “great” at their first AIPAD.
Yancey Richardson, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, said, “We had a record-breaking AIPAD and sold work by Andrew Moore, Zanele Muholi, Bryan Graf, Alex Prager, and Ed Ruscha.” The gallery sold 29 photographs, many to major museums. Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, sold a number of photographs including one by Alejandro Cartagena for $30,000 and said, “It was the best AIPAD yet.” Charles Isaacs Photographs, New York, sold an 1857 Gustave Le Gray for $85,000, among others. Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, sold more than 15 works including a 1997 Herb Ritts for $40,000.
Bryce Wolkowitz, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, noted, “AIPAD continues to prove itself as a wonderful venue to showcase contemporary photography and new media. We were successful selling work by Edward Burtynsky, Joakim Eskildsen, Jim Campbell and Airan Kang. Karen Marks, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, said: There was a great turn out. We met lots of new and interesting collectors. Overall it was a great year at AIPAD.”
Caroline Foulkes, Daniel Blau, London, stated: “I am happy to report that the show was a big success for us. It is clear that major collectors and museums are excited about 20th-century photojournalism. We greatly enjoyed AIPAD. The enthusiasm of visitors to the fair coupled with the positive energy of the other exhibitors made it a good experience for our gallery.”
Robert Burge/20th Century Photographs, Ltd., New York, said, “It was the best yet. Collectors seemed more serious.” The gallery sold 10 images including a 1974 Irving Penn for $85,000. Julie Saul Gallery, New York, sold ten works including a 2007 Karin Apollonia Müller for $24,000 and commented on the good attendance and wide range of collectors.
Hans Kraus, Hans P. Kraus Jr. Inc., New York, noted “Long time AIPAD visitors have commented that the fair looked better this year than ever before. Our experience of the fair this year was a positive one. We sold a variety of pictures to new clients, as well as existing ones.”
Catherine Edelman of Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, sold 11 pieces including two Greg Scott videos at $28,000 and $26,000. Weston Gallery, Carmel, CA, sold a print of Ansel Adams’s Moonrise Hernandez, New Mexico for $85,000, seven works by Edward Weston, a Robert Frank, and a rare vintage Yousuf Karsh portrait of Winston Churchill, among others.
Edwynn Houk of Edwynn Houk Gallery said, “It’s been a very successful show for us. We sold about 20 works including a $135,000 Manuel Alvarez Bravo. We had a good mix of existing clients and new clients, both New Yorkers and out-of-towners.” Keith De Lellis of Keith De Lellis Gallery said the show was “excellent” and that the collectors were “knowledgeable, enthusiastic, charming and appreciative.” He sold 25 images including a c.1950 Irving Penn for $25,000.
Debra Klomp Ching, from Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, said, “As first-time exhibitors, we were thrilled to be in the company of esteemed peers. Several fellow dealers made a point of visiting us at our booth to welcome us and to congratulate us on a well-presented booth. We found the foot traffic to be busy and constant most days. Sales were steady throughout the Show. We met many experienced collectors, previously unaware of the gallery. Many of our clients visited us, and a real delight was making contact with the next generation of younger collectors. We also spoke with several museum curators.”
Galerie Johannes Faber, Austria, sold a series of three vintage prints by Bernd and Hilla Becher for $27,000. Nailya Alexander, Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, said the Show was “fabulous” and sold more than 50 prints to a diverse group ranging from “famous to new collectors.”
James Hyman of James Hyman, London, said, “We were delighted with the enthusiastic response to our presentation of early French photography.” The gallery sold 15 works by 19th-century photographers. Kraige Block of Throckmorton Fine Art summed it up: “The Show has never been better.”
Exhibitors included galleries from across the U.S. and around the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Seven galleries exhibited at AIPAD for the first time: Brancolini Grimaldi, London; ClampArt, New York; Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp; Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn; M97 Gallery, Shanghai; P.P.O.W., New York; and Sage Paris. An exhibitor list is available at aipad.com/photoshow
AIPAD 2013 PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Four well-attended panel discussions drew an enthusiastic response. Featuring leading curators, artists, dealers, and collectors, the panels were sponsored by Artnet, and held at Hunter College. Topics included: The Fine Art Photo Market from Birth to Today, The L.A. Scene, Photographers and Critics, and Color Rush: 75 Years of Color Photography in America.
Founded in 1979, The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) represents more than 120 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 fine art photography. More information is available at aipad.com.
(AIPAD News Release)