Issue #160  4/17/2009
Contemporary Works/Vintage Worksto Exhibit At Art Chicago in Booth 12-513

Contemporary Works/Vintage Works will be exhibiting in booth 12-513 at Art Chicago in the Merchandise Mart on the 12th floor. Contemporary work by artists Lisa Holden, Arthur Tress, Jerry Spagnoli and Charlie Schreiner will be featured.

A major retrospective of ten large-scale color images from Lisa Holden's older work to her newest series, "Lilith" will be on exhibit. Lisa Holden will attend Art Chicago from April 30-May3, and will be available to the public to sign her books and catalogues. Holden's newest piece, "Lamia, Desert (Lilith Series)", was selected as part of the recent AIPAD new Innovations Program and one of her photographs, "Poet", is now in the collection of the Peabody Museum.

A sampling of Arthur Tress's work--from his early classic "Dream" series to his latest Pointers studies--will also be on display, and will include some of his rarely seen large-scale color work and his most revered image, "Flood Dream". Tress is one of the most important and influential photographers of his time.

Spagnoli became the first daguerreotypist to photograph a presidential inauguration with the help of the Smithsonian, which will receive one of the full-plate daguerreotypes of President Obama's swearing-in ceremony. His work on display at our booth will range from some of the actual unique daguerreotypes to a pigment print, limited edition version of one of the key daguerreotypes to a large-scale color work that was done at the same time showing President Obama waving to the crowds. In conjunction with Spagnoli's work, we will also display a salt print from the very first inauguration to have been photographed: President James Buchanan's 1857 swearing in. Only four such images are known to exist, including this one. Buchanan was considered to be a pro-slavery President, and so the work on the wall will complete an interesting cycle from U.S. history.

We will also have on display Charlie Schreiner's very popular "Cityscape", which is a composite of Chicago landmarks.

Contemporary Works/Vintage Works also represents Mitch Dobrowner, Claudia Kunin, Michael Philip Manheim, Stanko Abadzic, Vladimir Birgus, Joel D. Levinson and Krzysztof Pruszkowski, and will have samples of their work at the show.

From the 20th-century vintage material, the firm will show key work by André Kertész, Édouard Boubat, Horst, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Aaron Siskind, Harry Callahan, Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Francois Kollar, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Dorothea Lange, Lee Friedlander, Barbara Morgan, Clarence John Laughlin, Ilse Bing, Brassai, Edward Weston, Frantisek Drtikol, Josef Sudek, Helen Levitt, Raoul Ubac, Ruth Bernhard, Arnold Newman, Carl Mydans, Brett Weston, Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Eugene Atget and Ralph Meatyard. In addition, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works will display a group of Robert Mapplethorpe's black and white photographs.

And, finally, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works will also have on hand some wonderful 19th-century material (Le Gray, Fenton, Bisson Freres, Baldus, Marville, Southworth & Hawes--a trio of very important portraits, De Launay, Negre, Teynard, De Clercq, Fortier, Richebourg, Frith, Disderi, Clifford, Salzmann, etc.), so please be sure to ask us about it.