"The Best Art In The World"
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
Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.
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