For collectors, students, museum goers, and lovers of photography, the annual AIPAD show, at the Park Avenue Armory for the next four days, is always a must see event. This year 80 art photography dealers from around the world are presenting their finest work, ranging from 19th century treasures to photo-based new media. (Top: Union Square, Stephen Wilkes.)
It’s always a pleasure to see new work and revisit images by some of one’s favorite photographers, such as the day-to-night landscapes of Stephen Wilkes, technological marvels that manage to infuse familiar landmarks with a fresh eye.
Iconic, museum-quality images from the 19th and 20th Century are plentiful, including a Charles Marville document of a 19th Paris Street – echoing an exhibition of his work now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – and a sequence of industrial images by Bernd and Hilla Becher, pioneers of sequential narratives in photography.
As a New Yorker, I have a special weakness for images of the city, whether an unexpected landscape by Annie Liebovitz or graffiti subways by Henry Chalfont.
Then there are new images by previously unknown artists – Mike Smith, Michael Eastman, Paulette Tavormina – whose work suddenly capture the eye.
There are weekend panels, featuring curators, artists, dealers and collectors on Saturday at Hunter College. Tickets are available at the Park Avenue Armory. So enjoy this once-a-year orgy of photography. It’s a New York rite of Spring.
April 10 – 13, 2014
Park Avenue Armory
Photos by Eleanor Foa Dienstag
Admission: $30 daily. Students: $10. Run-of-the-Show Ticket with catalogue: $50.