The AIPAD Photography Show New York includes Latin American Section


Neena Haridas reviews the AIPAD Photography Show New York, which runs April 16-19, 2015, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. In the show, the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) brings together 89 leading fine art photography galleries from around the world. One of the highlights this year, she says, is the Latin American section, which features works by contemporary Cuban artists, such as Mario Algaze (on view at Throckmorton Fine Art). More Cuban works are being showcased at the Robert Mann Gallery, in “The Light in Cuban Eyes,” which coincides with AIPAD [see previous post New Book and Photography Exhibition: “The Light in Cuban Eyes”]. Haridas writes:

Cuba meets China, Europe meets Asia, portrait meets landscape, video meets still — the party is getting breathless in the home of legendary photographers, the United States. The AIPAD Photography Show New York which celebrates its 35th edition this year has conquered every corner of the world and it all comes together from April 16-19 at the Park Avenue Armory.

[. . .] Catherine Edelman, president of AIPAD and director of the Catherine Edelman Gallery, explains, “The AIPAD Photography Show New York is the longest running art fair in the world dedicated to the photo­graphic medium. At AIPAD, visi­tors can view some of the earliest prints ever made as well as pieces made this year. In one room, col­lectors, curators and the general public are invited to interact with dealers, who are experts in their field. The AIPAD has secured its position among art fairs as THE fair for photographic excellence.”

Whether you are a new initiate into the world of light and shade or a connoisseur, get framed whichever way, and remember that old over-used cliché: a picture speaks a thousand words. It is your own periscope into cultures, peoples and places that may seem far and remote.

The Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix, for instance, will present a one-person exhibition of the work of Luis González Palma, who “portrays the soul of a people” in his portraits of individuals of Mayan descent and others of mixed heritage in his native Guatemala. Using a range of exotic photographic techniques, collage elements, and painted surfaces, he seeks to find a bal­ance between magical realism and concretism, which uses mathemat­ical, graphic, and spatial elements.

One of the highlights this year is the Latin American section, which will bring out works by contemporary Cuban artists. These works are being showcased at Robert Mann Gallery, New York, in conjunction with its spring show, “The Light in Cuban Eyes,” which coincides with AIPAD.

Another Cuban-born photogra­pher in focus this season is Mario Algaze, known for his observant and witty street photography made in major capitals throughout Latin America. Several of his striking urban landscapes from Cuba and Peru (1999- 2002) will be on view at Throckmorton Fine Art, New York. Says Kraige Block, executive director, Throckmorton Fine Art, and vice-president, AIPAD, “We will be showing Algaze’s work concur­rently with AIPAD at our gallery. We represent a stable of 25 living artists and will incorporate some­thing from everyone at AIPAD.”

Block adds, “I think the fact that the organization went from a table top trade show in 1980 to one of the most important photography fairs in the world is a monumental achievement. As the organization has developed, we run the gamut of the history of photography from daguerreotypes and salt prints to the most technologically advanced digital imagery by some of today’s leading contemporary artists.” [. . .]

[Photo above by Cuban-born photographer Mario Algaze.]

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