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Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Uptown Exposures: The Photography Show at the Park Avenue Armory


The AIPAD Photography Show at the Park Avenue Armory

Thursday, April 10 to Sunday, April 13.
643 Park Avenue at 66th Street
11AM to 7PM (6PM Sunday)

Gustavo Lacerdo, Marcus, Andreza and Andre, 2011. Pigment print, 32 x 42. Courtesy of Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago

Gustavo Lacerdo, Marcus, Andreza and Andre, 2011. Pigment print, 32 x 42. Courtesy of Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago

The Association of International Photography Art Dealers [AIPAD] is currently holding its annual New York fair, the Photography Show. The event, which opened April 10, runs through this Sunday at 6PM at the Park Avenue Armory at East 66th Street. This year the Photography Show features around eighty international galleries focusing on “contemporary, modern and nineteenth-century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video, and new media” according to the association.

Major works by old masters such as Eugene Atget, Henry Fox Talbot, Alfred Steichen, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Tina Modotti, nestle beside the works of living artists including Philip Lorca di Corcia, Stan Douglas, Alec Soth, Tanya Marcuse, and Gustavo Lacerdo. The juxtapositions this creates are often interesting and frequently the legends manage to outshine the contemporary.

August Sander , The Baker, 1928. Black and white photograph, 9 x 6 inches.  Courtesy of Feroz Gallery, Bonn

August Sander , The Baker, 1928. Black and white photograph, 9 x 6 inches.
Courtesy of Feroz Gallery, Bonn

There is an international line up, as befits its name, with exhibitors from the UK, Japan, China, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Canada, Belgium, and Argentina, with Daniel Blau, for instance, from Munich and London, and Feroz Gallery, Bonn, who are showing key photographs from August Sander’s mammoth anthropological series People of the 20th Century. Sander (1876 –1964) aimed to take photographs of types and professions to characterize the entire German nation, including “The Baker” (1928).

US dealers form the majority of booth holders and include New York galleries David Zwirner, Howard Greenberg, Staley-Wise and Julie Saul, showing Tanya Marcuse’s Fallen No. 439 for instance.  Notable American dealers also include from California Weston Gallery from Carmel and M+B from Los Angeles.

New to AIPAD this year is Robert Heinecken (1931–2006) who worked during his life primarily as a teacher, establishing the photography program at UCLA in 1964, where he taught until 1991. Heinecken described himself as a “paraphotographer” and frequently employed collage. His sculpture “Figure Sections/Multiple Solution Puzzle” (1966) (at Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco is a “photo-puzzle” composed of images of female body parts mounted onto 24 individual blocks. It is a timely inclusion as the Museum of Modern Art has just opened the first museum retrospective of Heinecken’s work, running through June 22.

Tanya Marcuse, Fallen No. 439, 2013. Pigment print, 37-3/4 x 48 inches. Courtesy of Julie Saul Gallery.

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Robert Heinecken, Figure Sections/Multiple Solution Puzzle,1966.  Vintage gelatin silver prints mounted to multiple sides of a mixed media sculpture, 3 x 3 x 8-1/4 inches. Courtesy of Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco.

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