Issue #148  9/28/2008
Photo News Briefs

The dates for THE AIPAD PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW NEW YORK have now been confirmed. The show dates will be Thursday, March 26 through Sunday, March 29, 2009, with a preview on Wednesday, March 25. The show will be held as previously at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street and Park Avenue.

CANDACE DWAN will be closing her photography gallery in December and going private. She will remain in New York City for the near future. Her last exhibition, "Secrets and Shadows, the photographs of Olivier Meriel," will open on October 28th and run through December 17th, at which time the gallery will close. The gallery's location is at 24 West 57th Street, #503, New York City and the phone is 1-212-315-0065. Dwan, a member of AIPAD, says, "After nearly 14 years as a gallerist in Katonah and New York, and more than one hundred exhibitions, it feels like the time in my life to make some big changes and I look forward to the next fresh white page with a sense of delight and also some pause."

MUSICAL CHAIRS IN THE MUSEUM WORLD: MATTHEW WITKOVSKY will be the new chair of the department of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, beginning January 19, 2009. Witkovsky has worked at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, since 2003, first as assistant and then associate curator in the department of photographs. Witkovsky is replacing the retiring David Travis. Also, KATHERINE WARE, formerly photography curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is now taking on that job at the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Replacing Ware, PETER D. BARBERIE has been named the Philadelphia Museum of Art's curator of photographs, Alfred Stieglitz Center, in the department of prints, drawings, and photographs. Most recently, Barberie was a visiting lecturer in the department of art and archaeology at Princeton University and in spring 2008 was the guest curator of "Close Encounters: Portraits of Artists and Writers by Irving Penn" at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. He also worked as a curatorial fellow in photography at the Philadelphia Museum from 2003 to 2007.

OBITUARY: DON ULTANG, a pioneer in aerial photography, died on September 18 at the age of 91. A photographer for the "Des Moines Register", Ultang learned to fly through a government-financed civilian pilot program. He had a unique method of shooting aerial photographs, letting go of the controls briefly to take the shot. He and another "Register" photographer, John Robinson, also covered a football game between Drake University and Oklahoma A&M in October 1951, during which they both documented an unsportsmanlike, seemingly racially motivated assault on black football player Johnny Bright. The two men shared the Pulitzer Prize for their photos of the incident.

OBSENITIES: Damien Hirst, in conjunction with Sotheby's London, sold over $200 million worth of the artist's work, during the largest single day drop in the world's stock markets. Overall, in the three sessions, 218 of the 223 lots sold. Of those, five brought in over $5 millions dollars each and 48 over $1 million each. According to one dealer familiar with Hirst's operation, that figure translates to a cool take of £50 million for the artist, once you subtract the 10 percent fee to übermanager Dunphy, the five works (worth £2.77 million total) sold to benefit various charities, fabrication costs, expenses, and taxes. Hirst, who was shooting pool in Camden with snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan at the time of the sale, provided Sotheby's with this quote: "I think the market is bigger than anyone knows. I love art, and this proves I’m not alone."