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AIPAD 2011

The 31st anniversary AIPAD Photography Show is being held March 17-20, 2011 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The AIPAD Photography Show New York is the longest running and foremost exhibition of fine art photography.

Presented by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), this event features more than 75 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries present a wide range of museum-quality work including contemporary, modern and 19th century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video and new media.

The Show opens with a Gala Preview on March 16 to benefit the John Szarkowski Fund, an endowment for photography acquisitions at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

A wide range of the worlds leading fine art photography galleries are exhibiting at The Show. In addition to galleries from New York City and across the country, the Show includes a number of international galleries from Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Argentina, Israel, Japan, and China.

Galleries exhibiting for the first time include:

Galerie f5,6, Munich
VERVE Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe
Vision Neil Folberg Gallery, Jerusalem

New exhibitors are

June Bateman Fine Art, New York
Paul Cava Fine Art Photographs, Bala Cynwyd, PA
James Hyman Photography, London

Several new works are presented this year by:

  • Chris JordanPlastic Bags (2010) from his series Running The Numbers: An American Self-Portrait. The photograph depicts Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus using 230,000 plastic bags, the estimated number of plastic bags used around the world every ten seconds. To be shown as the highlight at Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles.
  • Abelardo Morell – new work includes images of a landscape in Florence and a rooftop view of the Brooklyn Bridge made with a camera obscura. On view at Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York.
  • Sebastiao Salgado –a one person show of new work. Presented by Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
  • Victoria Sambunuris – new landscapes from her recent Border series, exhibited at Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.
  • Alex Prager – new works also on view at Yancey Richardson Gallery.

Color this the Year of the Portrait. A number of important portraits are on view, including:

  • Gary Edwards Gallery, Washington, DC – The portrait of Chairman Mao, from 1963 by an unknown Xinhua Agency photographer. Reportedly printed in over 100 million copies, this is the basis for the gigantic portrait hanging on Tiananmen Gate, facing Tiananmen Square in Beijing. This is also the portrait that inspired Andy Warhol’s Mao screenprints of 1972.
  • Lee Marks Fine Art, Shelbyville, IN – Artist William Kentridge, as photographed by Mariana Cook last July in South Africa.  Cook is known for her portrait of Barack and Michelle Obama.
  • Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto – Canadian artist Fausta Facciponte's portrait of a doll, Anna (2010). Facciponte examines the way objects are preserved, decayed, or forgotten as they are passed along from one owner to the next.

Some other exhibits:

Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York – Naomi Leshem’s Sleepers series, taken over a four-year period in Israel, Germany, Switzerland, France and the US. Leshem photographs teenagers in their homes as they sleep. After waiting about an hour and half, the sleepers enter a period of tossing and turning that Leshem calls the "dance in the night."  During this time, she captures their portraits as her subjects drift between conscious and subconscious.

Yossi Milo Gallery, New York – Sze Tsung Leong's ongoing series Horizons depicting the spare beauty of seascapes and landscapes.  Leong was born in Mexico City and now lives and works in New York.  

Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg – Richard Renaldi’s Smashed Water Tower, Electra, Texas (2005), from his acclaimed series and publication Figure and Ground (Aperture, 2006). Renaldi takes an element of the quintessential American landscape one step further, documenting its sculptural quality and inherently making a statement about American society today.  

Julie Saul Gallery, New York – Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’s Nathan’s (2010) from his Coney Island series focusing on the urban landscape.  

Galería Vasari, Buenos Aires – the work of such photographers as Annemarie Heinrich and Juan Di Sandro, who immigrated to Argentina between the 1930s and 1950s. Originally from Europe, they belonged to a generation that had been trained at the most refined avant-garde schools and played a fundamental role in the development of modern photography in Argentina.

Michael Hoppen Gallery, London – work by the Japanese artist Sohei Nishino (born 1982).  This is the first time his work is being shown in the United States. His Diorama Map series is an ongoing project to map the world's great cities using a unique process of photography and collage.  

Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ – Fiona Pardington's series Ahua: A Beautiful Hesitation uses large-scale photographs to document the sculptures of indigenous peoples encountered by French explorer Dumont d'Urville during his 1837 voyage to the South Pacific.

Deborah Bell Photographs, New York – Andy Warhol (c.1981-86) black-and-white photographs taken from street life, providing insight into "Andy's eye."

Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, NM – Grey Villet's gelatin silver print "The Little Rock Nine enter classroom to register after escort from Army's 101st Airborne Division, September 25, 1957". Villet was considered a master of the classic "fly on the wall" style of photojournalism.  

John Cleary Gallery, Houston, TX – Maggie Taylor's most famous image, Girl with a Bee Dress (2004), along with work by Ansel Adams and Andre Kertesz.

James Hyman Photography
, London – From Talbot to Fox, a curated exhibition surveying the history of British social photography over the past 150 years. Exhibit highlights a unique form of photography which has concentrated on themes of class, society, consumer culture, and the British political landscape.

Charles Schwartz Ltd.
, New York –a collection of more than 100 photographs and ephemera relating to the capture of Jefferson Davis.  Soon after he was apprehended at the end of the Civil War, it was reported fictitiously that Jefferson Davis had attempted to escape by disguising himself as a woman in his wife’s dress and bonnet.  Once this rumor was released and taken up by the media, it spread like wildfire, as the country found an easy target for its anger and loathing of Davis.  In addition, the Republicans in the North wanted to degrade the former President of the Confederacy in any way they could, so they encouraged this false report with such vigor that it soon became generally accepted as the truth.

Seminars and panels include:

AIPAD and the iPad: New Technology and Photography
A look at how all forms of new media technology are affecting the field of photography, from bloggers and Facebook to Flickr and YouTube.  

Photography Now: How Artists Are Thinking Today

Issues facing contemporary photographers and artists now.  

Pictures Into Pages: Photography Book Publishing Now

Now more than ever, beautiful photography books are in demand, coveted by many, and considered an important part of a collector’s repertoire.  

New Curators/New Directions

The work of a photography curator at a top museum.  Curators discuss their goals and reflect on how photography has become more integrated into both exhibitions and collections over the last 10 years.  

The Voice of Experience: Behind the Scenes at AIPAD Galleries

How leading AIPAD dealers organize exhibitions and work with collectors.  

The AIPAD Photography Show is a participant of this year's New York Design Festival, a series of exhibitions, educational programming and special events celebrating New York City’s role as the leader in the fields of art, architecture and design.

For further information, visit  

AIPAD Photography Show
March 17-20, 2011

The Park Avenue Armory
Park Avenue at 67th Street

New York City

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