Issue #141  3/10/2008
AIPAD NYC Show Runs From April 10-13; Benefit Opens Show On Thursday, April 9

One of the most important international photography events, the AIPAD Photography Show New York, will be presented by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) from April 10 through 13, 2008. More than 75 of the world's leading fine art photography galleries and dealers will present a wide range of museum quality work by contemporary, modern and 19th-century masters at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.

The 28th edition of the AIPAD Photography Show New York will open with a Gala Preview on April 9 to benefit the John Szarkowski Fund, an endowment for photography acquisitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The AIPAD Photography Show New York is the longest running and foremost exhibition of fine art photography.

"The AIPAD Photography Show is renowned among connoisseurs of fine art photography as the place to find the best work on the market," said Robert Klein, president of AIPAD and president of Robert Klein Gallery in Boston. "This year, expect to see more large-scale contemporary work in newly designed, spacious booths."

A wide range of the world's leading national and international fine art photography galleries will show at the AIPAD Photography Show New York.

Besides exhibitors from all over the U.S., the international galleries exhibiting at the show include: HackelBury Fine Art Limited and Michael Hoppen Gallery Ltd., London; Serge Plantureux, Galerie Esther Woerdehoff and Baudoin Lebon, Paris; Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto; Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich; Photology, Milan; Kicken Berlin, Berlin; Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne; Galerie Zur Stockeregg, Zürich; and Picture Photo Space, Inc., Osaka.

AIPAD and I Photo Central dealers exhibiting at the show include Contemporary Works/Vintage Works in booth 123 and Charles Schwartz, Ltd. in booth 417.

My own company, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works, will feature the contemporary color and mixed media work of Lisa Holden, who was recently compared by the art press to Cindy Sherman, Pipilotti Rist and Tracey Moffatt; and Arthur Tress, whose staged documentary style street photography and installation art was so highly influential on today's contemporary artists. Besides Tress's large scale color work, his new black and white 'Pointer' series will also be on display. Of course, I will also feature a selection of top 20th-century masterworks (think Steichen, Frank, Weston, Man Ray, Penn, Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Kertesz, Siskind, Lange, Morgan, Friedlander, etc.) and, perhaps, the finest 19th-century European material that I have ever had in our inventory.

But you will probably have to ask me about the latter material, which will have to be taken out on request. But, if you are a 19th-century freak like me, you will need to see these wonderful new pieces. Only a few of these pieces are currently up on the websites, but include a unique ambrotype portrait of the French pioneering photographer Hippolyte Bayard; a rich and very rare Baldus of the old Hotel De Ville; a rare and important series by Paul Nadar of his father and M. Chevreul in the very first photo interview; several rare and very early images by Teynard, Le Secq, Fortier, Le Gray, the Alinari Brothers, Bisson Frerers, Vignes, Belloc, and an important new discovery, Alphonse De Launay, who was undoubtedly a student of Le Gray, who printed De Launay's early waxed paper negatives of the Alhambra and other exotic locales.

At Charles Schwartz's booth, he will exhibit a stunning vintage dye transfer print by Joel Sternfeld, taken in Arizona in 1982 as lighting struck; a very rare ambrotype of abolitionist John Brown; two noteworthy photographs of famous horses, including England's most famous horse of the 19th-century, "Cruiser", posing dutifully with his horse-whisperer trainer, Mr. Rarey, in a superb, oval-shaped albumen print by Caldessi and Montecchi, 1858, and an albumen print made in 1876 of the USA's most popular 19th-century horse, "Comanchie", a survivor of Custer's Last Stand; rare books, including Doris Ulmann's "Roll, Jordan, Roll," and P. H. Emerson's "Wild Life on a Tidal Water"; and last, but definitely not least, a portrait that Lady Clementina Hawarden made of her husband, the Honorable Cornwallis Maude. Hawarden was a lesser known but superb photographer; the19th-century's answer to Tina Barney. Few Hawardens ever reach the market, most being held in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

In an effort to professionalize the show, AIPAD has put new limitations this year on the ability of dealers to show work beyond the wall space allocated. Tables and display units are strictly limited even when they are in booth closets; hence, bins of any type will be less in evidence. Because of these limitations, it is even more important to let Charles and I know if you want us to bring a specific image in advance of the show, so please check out the I Photo Central listings and get back to us soon.

The AIPAD Photography Show New York will run from Thursday, April 10 through Sunday, April 13, 2008 at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street in New York City.

The regular show hours will be:

Thursday, April 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, April 11, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The admission is $25 daily and $35 for the run-of-show, and includes a show catalogue. No advance purchase is required. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, the public can call AIPAD at 1-202-367-1158.

The AIPAD Photography Show New York will present a Gala Benefit Preview on Wednesday, April 9, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. The evening will benefit the John Szarkowski Fund, an endowment for photography acquisitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The fund was established to honor John Szarkowski, who was one of the most influential curators in photography and a photographer in his own right.

Ticket information for the benefit is as follows:

Benefactor 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ($7,500, 5 tickets)

Patron 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ($1,500, 1 ticket)

Sponsor 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ($500, 1 ticket)

Friend 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ($100, 1 ticket)

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the Museum of Modern Art, 1-212-708-9680 or specialevents@moma.org .