The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) has decided to cancel this year's Miami photography show, which was planned for the first week of December in concert with the Art Basel Miami show week. The association just fell a bit short of its goal for the number of exhibitors who paid their deposits, but may consider re-launching the popular show next year.
Last year's show was deemed a stunning first-year success by the art/photography, and local and international media. Numerous dealers in the show claimed mid six-figure sales, which were better than at most of the other shows in Miami; and most attendees proclaimed it the most professional and impressive show of all the other 23 satellite shows that they visited. It appears to be another casualty of the crowded Miami schedule, which has added numerous new shows this year on top of an already oversaturated 2007 show schedule, although many felt that a quality photography media-specific show was the one exhibition that could still do well here. The association's own slowness in getting off the ground with an application process and lack of decisiveness about the show was also cited by many AIPAD dealers who applied to other shows in "self-defense".
The AIPAD show cancellation was a huge disappointment to many members because most of the other major exhibition shows had already closed their application process by the time of the late decision by the AIPAD board in late July. It left some members reviewing their slim choices or simply deciding to take a pass. There may be an option for a group of AIPAD dealers in one of these shows still remaining open to exhibitors, and details will be reported in future newsletters.
Meanwhile AIPAD and the New York Park Avenue Armory have agreed to new dates at the end of March for the association's New York City Photography Show. The show will be the 29th iteration of this world leading art photography venue. The exact dates and further details on the March show and its new schedule will be reported in future newsletters.