AIPAD Fine Art Photography Show 2014, New York

AIPAD In New York, 2014

It must be Spring in New York but you can’t necessarily tell from the weather. Photographers and fine art photography collectors know, however, because AIPAD is coming to the East Side once again.

The work represented is about equally split between vintage, modernist and contemporary photographs. AIPAD at the Park Avenue Armory is a great venue: accessible to trains; is not huge; the fair itself is manageable with 83 galleries.

Some Highlights

Fellow Yale MFA Photography graduate, Jen Davis, exhibiting at Lee Marks Fine Art, shows her long-time project of psychological self portraits.  Accompanying her prints is a new book, “Eleven Years,” published by Kehrer Verlang, in 2014, which explores issues of beauty, desire, and body image.


AIPAD Fine Art Photography 2014 Yossi Milo
Matthew Brandt, Stone Lagoon, CA 3, 2008
From the series Lakes and Reservoirs
C-Print soaked in Stone Lagoon water
30” × 40”, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery

Matthew Brandt’s Dust series at M+B, Los Angeles, and Yossi Milo Gallery re-creates found images of old buildings being demolished, processed with their own dust.

At Charles Isaacs Photographs and Hans P. Kraus Jr. are the haunting, poetic views of Charles Marville’s 19th Century Paris and surrounding countryside. This coincides with a fantastic exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum running from January 29 to May 4, 2014

Alan Klotz Gallery has Robert Frank photographs from his 1948 visit to Peru, where he made a series of images with spontaneity that captures the country’s expansive vistas and rural life as only he can.


Park Avenue Armory 643 Park Avenue, New York

Dates and Hours

April 10-13, 2014

Thursday, April 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, April 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission Costs

$50 four-day pass
Includes show entry for all days: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus catalogue.
$30 one-day pass
$10 one-day pass with valid student ID (not for faculty)

Contemporary Fine Art Photography Galleries

For contemporary work, these are worth a visit:
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, Inc.
Stephen Bulger Gallery
Stephen Daiter Gallery
Galerie f5.6
Gallery 339
Michael Hoppen Gallery
Edwynn Houk Gallery
Jackson Fine Art
Jenkins Johnson Gallery
Robert Klein Gallery
Klopching Gallery
Alan Klotz Gallery
Robert Koch Gallery
Paul Kopeikin Gallery
Robert Mann Gallery
Lee Marks Fine Art
Laurence Miller Gallery
Yossi Milo Gallery
Von Lintel
Yancey Richardson Gallery
Julie Saul Gallery
Bruce Silverstein
Weinstein Gallery
RWFA Rick Wester Fine Art
Sasha Wolf Gallery
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
David Zwimer

Panel Discussions

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The AIPAD Panel Discussions are held on Saturday, April 12 and take place at nearby HunterCollege. Tickets must be purchased The Avenue Armory first. Tickets are $10 per session.

Prominent curators from U.S. and international museums talk about their methodology and how the growing demand for photography exhibitions has influenced their decisions.

Moderator: Lyle Rexer, faculty member, School of Visual Arts, New York; curator; critic Speakers: Corey Keller, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Nissan Perez, Shpilman Institute for Photography, Tel Aviv; Jeff Rosenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Johan Sjöström, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden

Photography is no stranger to campaigns for social awareness and change. This panel discusses photography’s role in serving LGBTQ visibility and equality.

Moderator: Chris Boot, executive director, Aperture Foundation, New York Speakers: Philip Gefter, author and critic; Sunil Gupta, artist; Visiting Professor of Photography, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK; K8 Hardy, artist

Collectors discuss the current photography market and what motivates them to continue to build their collections.

Moderator: Loring Knoblauch, founder and publisher, Collector Daily Speakers: Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell, Cleveland; Michael and Elizabeth Marcus, Boston; Artur Walther, New York

The filmmaker Cheryl Dunn screens her latest documentary, Everybody Street, featuring Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Joel Meyerowitz, and Mary Ellen Mark, among others. A Q+A will be held with director Cheryl Dunn and selected artists after the screening.

Moderator: Cheryl Dunn, filmmaker Speakers: Jill Freedman, artist; Max Kozloff, writer and artist; Jeff Mermelstein, artist.


Fine Art Photography Interview and Process, Steve Giovinco

Interview: Steve Giovinco on Fine Art Photography Working Process

Discussion with Gorky’s Granddaughter’s Zach Keating and Christopher Joy

I had a fantastic discussion with Gorky’s Granddaughter’s Zach Keating–whom I met at Yaddo, and is a great artist–and Christopher Joy–also a great artist of the sculpture variety.

The interview, which include a look at some prints, had some of the best questions about my photographic process and creative vision that I ever experienced.

But as artists themselves, if should come as no surprise that they really, “got it.”  Free to share too.

Artfair Fatigue 2.0? @SteveGiovinco

Artfairs in New York: ADAA, The Armory Show, Volta, and the Deathstar

I shared a shuttle bus ride from Volta to the venerable Armory Show Sunday with a dealer/artist, where driving past the changing landscape (read: gleaming new nightmarish deathstar apartment blocks) of SoHo, the West Village and Chelsea, we both bemoaned the changes in the artworld—and to New York overall. First, let me say I am not one of those art fair haters.  It’s a terrible way to see art, granted, but it’s a necessary beast, and sometimes, exciting discoveries can be had.

Jocelyn Hobbie, Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, The Armory Show
Jocelyn Hobbie, Fredericks & Freiser Gallery, The Armory Show

There were some at Volta and at the ADAA—a stand-out was the Charles LeDray mini-show at Sperone Westwater, for example.

ABL=Always Be Looking

Also, maybe I’m in the minority here, but I really think the fairs should be a mandatory stop for ALL artists as a way to see what is out there, what’s selling, and who they might align themselves with (artists should also imagine their artwork on gallery walls or in booths—so look at art and the venues! ABL=Always Be Looking). But I don’t think it was just a recent stomach virus that soured my art fair experience.

The Frieze Effect

Maybe it’s just the “Frieze Effect,” where most top contemporary galleries migrate to Randell’s Island in May, draining the life out of the Armory.  Not there is nothing wrong with mid-range galleries really, but I miss seeing the new a Thomas Demand or Jeff Wall in March.  I don’t think there were any/many this time around. So back to my original conversation on the shuttle.  Enrique, a global art trekker, noted that London, with its uber-wealth, seemed to offer the best of the top contemporary works, while New York, including the fairs, got the next best ones (we’re talking in the multi-million dollar range—even $20 million). Are the New York fairs facing a declining cycle before the bubble bursts? But if that’s true what will replace them—selling online?

Volta One-Artist Approach

John Player, from Pierre-François Quellette Art Contemporain, Montreal, at Volta Show
John Player, from Pierre-François Quellette Art Contemporain, Montreal, at Volta Show

Volta’s single-artist approach is a good compromise.  It offers a bit of a context for work, avoiding the “one hit wonder,” or provides a respite from the Flashy, Shiny Thing seemingly created to stand out like a neon sign in Times Square.

ADAA Gets It

ADAA could be next in line as a fair that “gets it”.  I know it might be considered the more staid, quieter one, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  The aisles are somewhat hushed; the size manageable; the location not in a crazy inaccessible outpost.  The work was a good mix of some classics, some secondary market–everyone has a few of those–and some contemporary cutting-edge work (Charles LeDray).  What’s not to like?  Overall, I think this could be my favorite fair-going experience.

Points for Messiness

The Independent I liked for its decidedly non-fair fair idea: let’s put a lot of stuff out but not worry about boundaries or neatness.  So it gets points for being messy. But wither the fairs—has burnout finally set in?  Of course, this is said every year by doomsayers.  This time around it feels a bit toasty to me, though. It’s hard to figure another twenty years of this to look forward to (remember when Chicago had THE fair or when the Armory started in the cramped, then funky Gramercy Hotel?).  Hummm… Volta Art Fair, NYLooking forward to May (and AIPAD in April).