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Thursday, 17 March 2011


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Go to NYC for a week. Gorge yourself. Your midwestern soul deserves it.

Can I go with you?

My wife says that NYC is too far conceptually ( 196 mi) for me to drive to this weekend. I'll still try to convince her as I'd like to attend this show. If not, I'll go next year. If your looking to share expenses I'll share a room and buy you dinner...

Kathleen Ewing is a somewhat common name. Did she have a gallery in Washington DC or is this another Kathleen Ewing?
Doug C

Doug C,
One and the same....


I found a lovely Evans platinum print at this show for a very low price, Go........

I've never heard of it. I won't be able to go this year, but if I remember will watch for it next year. The conceptual piece at the top didn't do anything for me, so I was surprised when I looked at the first few photos in the linked piece at how much I really like some of them. The first couple beach scenes are great; I like the cyan tones, the composition that break the rules ... I noticed that the horizon in the second isn't quite level (normally one of my peeves - and something I can see right away in a picture, but can't manage to sense in the viewfinder !) but actually *like* it that way ! And I also like the near-square pictures. (John's recent article on print sizes mentioned that artwork tends to be squarer).

Every year I tell myself, next year I am going to the AIPAD Show. Then I tell myself the same thing the next year.

In 2003 myself and a couple of friends went to Samois in France for the Django Reinhardt guitar festival. We had been saying "... oh well, we can go next year" for the previous twenty years!

I enjoy AIPAD. I go every year. I see prints I never get to see anywhere else. I discover new artists I then follow. This year I lingered over huge Alec Soth prints at Weinstein Gallery, and studied a late print of Ansel Adams' "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico." Lots of Michael Wolf, a couple Loretta Lux (whatever happened to her?), big Robert Bergmans at Yossi Milo, Bruce Wrighton (new to me!) at Laurence Miller. I wouldn't miss the show.

But I have to tell you, I've never spent more than two hours at the show, tops. The vast majority of the work doesn't interest me at all, and even the artists I seek out are represented by only a few pieces — that's the nature of showing work in a little booth. I'm also not one to spend a lot of time with any one piece — at any gallery or museum. Some people are — maybe you.

So come to NYC next year to catch the show, but if you're like me, you'll want to fill up your time here with lots of other activities. Which shouldn't be a problem.

This is the first year I am telling myself, next year I will go to this show. I wonder how long it will take before I actually do go??

nice picture, but also a bit sad :)

If memory serves, I believe The Diane Arbus monograph sold for $12 and E100st for $15 back in the early '70s. I defintely remember not getting the latter and thinking... man, gotta draw the line somewhere!


Fred Herzog had some prints up this year, I believe with The Laurence Miller Gallery. A couple thousand each. Great show all around. Would be interesting to learn how the galleries price these prints. "Vintage" seems to be the key, but some prints list the year the photo was made AND the year the print was made and some do not. Arbus' Identical Twins was listed at over 800,000.00.

It's a show I'll probably never get to see but I appreciate the heads up on Julie's work. Very enjoyable. Problem is $2600 to $8500 for a print? Folks are really paying this?

Surreal. Looks like plenty "shopping" going on here. Is this still photography or "art"? This can't all be taken "around the house". All so two dimensional. Not sure I like it at all. Interesting, though.

Thanks, Ken, for explaining Julie Blackmon's work. Your comment was enough to shift me from dismissing "Gothic" as "weird/conceptual" to going to her website to look around. And while it still sits a little outside my comfort zone (some photos more than others), with your comment in the back of my mind, I found her photographs more intriguing that I'd expected. I'm sure her photos are nice to look at printed large, but seeing many of them together was essential for me to start to appreciate them. It turns out, "Gothic" and a few others ("Boars Head") aside, some of my own personal favorite photos that I've taken are candids of scenes that she's idealizing. Again, thanks !

Just back from a weekend in NYC to see the AIPAD show. It's been two or three years since I've attended. Things change....

There was a good representation of classic/vintage work. There always is. Prices for this seem pretty stable.

The work of many modern photographers was noticeably absent. Only one gallery had Keith Carter. I saw only a single Sally Mann print at the entire show. I didn't see even one Michael Kenna anywhere. If I were to judge simply by the number of prints on the wall, the hottest photographer around right now is Maggie Taylor. Her work was EVERYWHERE!

There was LOTS of contemporary photography being shown. The trends, I think, are predictable. There were lots of big, bigger, and REALLY BIG prints being shown, with prices to match. Both color and B&W. Alec Soth led the way with some really huge prints from his recent "Broken Manual" show. The big prints, not surprisingly, are being sold in really small editions (like 3 or 5). But edition sizes have shrunk for all work. Typical editions are into single digits now.... with many prints being sold in editions of 5, 7 or 9.

And by the way.... digital prints are fully respectable now. "Archival digital prints" and "digital pigment prints" hung shamelessly next to the silver gelatin and platinum prints and commanded equivalent prices.

There were more manipulated prints being shown. Lots of Japanese photography. And there were several interesting but self-consciously "different" electronic/photographic installations.

And there were BOOKS! Three booksellers had space among the galleries this year, and nearly every gallery had standard/limited edition/and deluxe books for sale from the artists they represent as well. There were some artist books, but more commonly, beautifully printed books with prints included (I bought one). It is clear that books themselves are being produced and sold now as art objects.... I, for one, LOVE this trend.

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