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AIPAD Showcases Photography for Professionals and Fans

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This is photography week in New York City. Exhibitors and collectors from Boston to Beijing are in town to participate in The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) show. Major auction houses are offering their finest images for sale.

AIPAD is a treasure trove for photography professionals and aficionados, a place to see what’s in, what’s hot, what’s affordable, and what this relatively new area of the art market is all about. It brings together in one vast space more than 75 of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries. Their offerings range from museum-quality work, including contemporary, modern and 19th century photographs to photo-based art, video and new media.

On a political note, this year’s AIPAD show begins with, to the left as you walk in, portrait prints of Occupy Wall Street participants, “A Visual Diary” by Accra Shepp (Steven Kasher Gallery, New York). Prints are $60 with half of the money going to the cause and half to the artist to continue his project. The Kasher Gallery also offers images of and by the posthumously discovered Vivian Maier whose haunting street photography of mid-20th Century Chicago has created quite a sensation.

Among my discoveries of female photographers was the work of Nancy Rexroth whose vintage images of Iowa enjoy a cult following (Weinstein Gallery), and an arresting image, “Afghan Woman with Diploma,” by Nina Berman (Monroe Gallery, Santa Fe).

Then there are images I’d seen in reproduction but not up close, including Stephen Wilkes “Day to Night: Coney Island,” (Monroe Gallery), “Robert Frank at the New York Times” (Michael Shapiro Gallery, Westport, Connecticut), and Klaus Enrique’s images of faces created out of food (Robert Burge, New York ).

If you love Henri Cartier Bresson, you might want to check out a dazzlingly alive portrait of Albert Camus (Robert Klein Gallery, Boston). If you love Frieda Kahlo, there are some arresting portraits of “Frieda Kahlo in New York” by Nicholas Murray (PDNB Gallery, Dallas, Texas), which I’d never seen before.

There is something for every eye and taste from a specially curated exhibition of early French photography (James Hyman Photography, London) to photographs of Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix (Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York). For lovers of New York, there is the striking panorama, “Flatiron Building, Manhattan,” by Jeff Chen-Hsing Liao, whose work is now being exhibited at the South Street Seaport Museum, and Sherril Schell’s “Skylights, Penn Station,” a 1929 silver print (Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc., San Francisco).

On Saturday, March 31, panels will take place at Hunter College on a variety of topics, including at 2 p.m., “How To Collect Photographs: What Collectors Need to Know Now.”

The AIPAD show is, as always, a special treat and one you shouldn’t miss.

Photos by Eleanor Foa Dienstag

AIPAD Show
March 29 through April 1, 2012
Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street

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