nonprofit Light Work artist-in-residence space from
Syracuse, New York, had a wonderful Carrie Mae Weems Untitled,
from the “Kitchen Table Series, 1990/2010” — a silver
gelatin print, 9.875"x9.75" image on 14"x11" sheet,
signed and numbered print, in a limited edition of 100. The
Blind Photographers Guild/Sacramento set up shop once again.
Everyone is always amazed at the visual content displayed in their booth
melding photography and technology. The Queensland Center for
Photography (South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) returned
once again this year with a little apprehension over the flooding making
its way through the Australian countryside.
Joining the ranks of bad boy artist Andres Serrano’s 1987 Piss Christ and the 1989 The Perfect Moment by Robert Maplethorpe, David Wojnarowicz’s Fire in My Belly the current, controversial, Smithsonian-axed video, was shown continuously in the video lounge. The upstairs VIP lounge played host to the Lucie Awards Foundation, which presented the photographic works of Tasya van Ree and Jessica Lange as well as a conversation with Amy Arbus and Sara Terry, photographer and founder of The Aftermath Project.
The 70-plus exhibitors included the collectors’ choice galleries, such as Alex Novak’s beautifully presented Contemporary Works/Vintage Works/Chalfont, PA. Novak handles the top twentieth century photographers from Brassaï to Weston. Contemporary work on display included Arthur Tress (Owl, Big Thicket, Texas; Flood Dream), Lisa Holden, British-born artist based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Scarlet & Gold and Licit, both from the “Lilith Series;” and two of her new “Constructed Landscapes,” Tree III and Forest). Holden’s work is made on a large scale. Most of the images are available in 30"x40" paper versions (her smallest size), larger sizes in Diasec mounts and/or as very large, unique, painted pieces mounted on aluminum with a UV laminate. Artist Arthur Tress signed copies of his new book, Skate Park, on Saturday, January 15th at the show, and at other times Tress spent time in Novak’s booth. The gallery overall had good sales including Daido Moriyama’s Kagerou (Mayfly). Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc./San Francisco, with 35 years experience in buying and selling vintage photographs, books with original photographs, and photographic albums, handles photographers from Ansel Adams to Minor White. Paul displayed Edward Weston’s Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1939, vintage gelatin silver print 9"x7.5". Barry and Gretchen of The Barry Singer Gallery/Petaluma, CA, house Berenice Abbott to Max Yavno and a couple of my favorites, Edmund Teske and Lou Stoumen. Singer presented Paulette Tavormina’s Lemons and Pomegranates, After J.v.H., archival inkjet print, 2010. WIPI captured a really nice photo of Gretchen Singer in the WIPI photo booth. John Cleary Gallery/Houston carried Maggie Taylor’s 42"x42" limited editions. Stephen Daiter/Chicago, had a full house of 20th- and 21st-century European and American avant-garde documentary photography. DNJ Gallery, recently moved to Bergamot Station/Santa Monica, showcased Bill Sosin limited editions prints. Sosin’s photographs are now part of the permanent collection at LACMA.
Susan Spiritus/Newport Beach, CA, featured new work by rising star Susan Burnstine from the series “Absence of Being.” Susan creates images from her own handmade cameras and lenses that are frequently unpredictable and technically challenging. Work by Cara Barer whose unique imagery has evolved from her chance encounter with the Yellow Pages is a delight for all to see. Also, Spiritus presented work by Roman Loranc and Larry Vogel. Larry was awarded a photographic scholarship from The Friends of Photography for the Ansel Adams Photography Workshops in 1983. It was the last of the workshops for renowned photographer Ansel Adams.
At photo-eye Gallery/Santa Fe you couldn't’ miss the large-scale nudes of Carla van de Puttelaar from the “Cranach Series,” cleverly hung by the edge of the wall so passersby came face to face with the simplicity of nudity.
Want to find Peter Fetterman (Peter Fetterman Gallery/ Bergamot Station, CA)? Look for the red walls with classic black-and-white prints! Established in 1990, Peter, a successful independent-film-producer-turned-gallery-owner, specializes in classic photography with an emphasis on humanist imagery. At photo l.a., he had a wonderful display of work by the ninety-four-year-old fashion photographer Lillian Bassman. Bassman’s work inspired me as a young woman approaching the visual arts; her graphically styled haute couture images for Harper’s Bazaar were strikingly memorable. Peter handles top contemporary photographers today, including Leibovitz, Salgado, Erwitt, McCurry, and many others, in addition to one of the largest inventories of Cartier-Bresson’s photographs in the world. Starting in March, after 16 amazing years in Gallery A7 at Bergamot Station, Fetterman is expanding to a larger, beautiful, 3,200-square-foot space, Gallery A1, and will open with an extraordinary exhibition, “Elliott Erwitt: Classics.”
Getting the most out of wall space was relative newcomer Smith Anderson North/San Anselmo, CA, established in 2004, which maintains an active exhibition schedule by creating shows by established and emerging artists, primarily from the San Francisco Bay area. Emphasis is on 20th century and contemporary fine art photography and photo-based art, as well as contemporary painting, sculpture, and works on paper. Stefan Kirkeby is a delight to talk to and enthusiastic about the work the gallery handles with its emphasis on California artists.
Paul Kopeikin Gallery/Culver City, CA, returned this year with a lineup of artists including Steve Fitch, Garry Winogrand, and Marion Post Wolcott, with attention to Ansel Adams-inspired photographer Mitch Dobrowner’s Bear’s Claw, Moorcroft, Wyoming, 2010. J.J. Heckenhauer /Germany; Gitterman Gallery/New York; Phaidon/New York; Monroe Gallery of Photography /Santa Fe, NM; photokunst/Friday Harbor, WA; Louis Klaitman/Berkeley, CA; Gallery 19/21/Guilford, CT; Cordon Potts Gallery/San Francisco; JoAnne Artman Gallery/Laguna Beach, CA; Romer Young Gallery/Los Angeles, Kaycee Olsen Gallery/ Los Angeles; Joel Soroka Gallery/Aspen, CO; Robert Tat Gallery/San Francisco; along with Select Vernacular Photographs/Norman Kulkin also came onboard to celebrate Stephen Cohen’s 20th anniversary photo l.a.. Fittingly, the Stephen Cohen Gallery showed Josef Hoflehner’s images, City of Angeles and L.A. Metro, Los Angeles, 2009.
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