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25 Contemporary Pic(k)s @ The Photography Show

Karen Knorr, The Peers of the Realm (Lanesborough), 2015. Courtesy Holden Luntz Gallery 

By PAUL LASTER, April 2018 

While there is no shortage of remarkable vintage photographs on view at AIPAD’s The Photography Show this year, it’s the contemporary photography, which is most prominent when entering the fair, that continually catches the eye.

The 38th edition of the Association of International Photography Dealers (AIPAD) features 96 galleries and 36 book dealers, publishers and photography-related organizations from 14 countries and 49 cities at Pier 94 in New York.

Highlights of contemporary photography include a solo show of recent color prints by William Wegman of his signature Weimaraner dogs with classic pieces of mid-century Modern furniture by George Nakashima and Charles and Ray Eames at Senior & Shopmaker Gallery. Working in black and white, Jean Pagliuso presents big pictures of birds beautifully printed on handmade mulberry paper in his solo exhibition at Mary Ryan Gallery, Inc. De Soto Gallery features two series of small-scale color photographs of Japanese schoolgirls in uniform by Osamu Yokonami, while Galerie Catherine et André Hug offers a two-person showing of whimsical self-portraits in narrative form by Kourtney Roy and Reine Paradis.

Other new, must-see pictures include large-format color prints of miniature versions of iconic images from the history of photography by Cortis & Sonderegger and abstract adaptations of art historical paintings by Niko Luoma at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery; a charming group of staged, Renaissance-inspired portraits and still lives by Tami Bahat at Catherine Edelman Gallery; and striking pictures by a couple of the artists in MoMA’s latest edition of “New Photography,” in particular Aida Muluneh staged, dreamy portraits at Jenkins Johnson Gallery and Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s fragmented studio shots at Yancey Richardson Gallery.

Scroll through the images below to see the rest of our favorite contemporary photos at the fair. WM

SMITH, Untitled, 2014. Galerie Les filles du calvaire

Osamu Yokonami, Assembly C-2, 2011. De Soto Gallery

Aida Muluneh, Both Sides, 2017. Jenkins Johnson Gallery
 Georges Rousse, Tuttlingen, 2016. Sous Les Etoiles Gallery

Phyllis Galembo, Trump Mask, Mexico, 2016. Steven Kasher Gallery

Alex Yudzon, Cobh Ireland, May 6, 2017, 2017. Rick Wester Fine Art

Melanie Willhide, Grace and Thorns, 2014. Elizabeth Houston Gallery

Sara Angelucci, Coppley Patterns (Dude 3), 2017. Stephen Bulger Gallery

Kourtney Roy, Sorry, No Vacancy 8, 2017. Galerie Catherine et André Hug

Michael Wolf, Tokyo Compression #55, 2010. Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Matthew Brandt, Container #2 & Lakes & Reservoirs Book, 2014. Damiani

Cortis & Sonderegger, Making of "The Falling Soldier" (by Robert Capa, 1936), 2016. Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Niko Luoma, Adaptation of "Standing Blonde Nude with Dropped Chemise" 1917) by Amedeo Modigliani, 2017. Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Jean Pagliuso, Owl XV, 2011. Mary Ryan Gallery, Inc

Julie Blackmon, Weeds, 2017. Robert Mann Gallery

Wesaam Al-Badry, Chanel #VII, 2018. Jenkins Johnson Gallery

 Brea Souders, Window, 2017. Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Elinor Carucci, Kiss, 2017. Edwynn Houk Gallery

Tami Bahat, The Intellectual, 2016. Catherine Edelman Gallery

William Wegman, Looking Over, 2015. Senior & Shopmaker Gallery

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Studio (0X5A0173), 2017. Yancey Richardson Gallery

Jocelyn Lee, The Bath, 2016. Huxley-Parlour

Ruud Van Empel, Voyage Pittoresque #7, 2017. Huxley-Parlour

Ellen Carey, Crush & Pull No.4, 2018. JHB Gallery

  

Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, independent curator, artist and lecturer. He is a New York desk editor at ArtAsiaPacific and a contributing editor at Whitehot and artBahrain. He was the founding editor of Artkrush.com and Artspace.com and art editor of Flavorpill.com and Russell Simmons's OneWorld Magazine; started TheDailyBeast.com's art section; and worked as a photojournalist for Artnet.com and Art in America. He is a frequent contributor to Time Out New York, New York Observer, Modern Painters, ArtPulse and ArtInfo.com.

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