NYC vernissage | AIPAD

Mickalene Thomas, Tell Me What You’re Thinking, 2016 . Courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

The 37th Edition of The Photography Show presented by AIPAD (The Association of International Photography Art Dealers) opens its doors to photography aficionados in its new location at Pier 94 in New York City today. As one of the world’s most highly anticipated annual art fairs, the Show highlights more than 115 galleries and offers an elegantly curated selection of contemporary photographs. The show is open from Thursday, March 30 – Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Among the wide variety of exhibitors and photographers, we discovered some incredible talent such as the young Erik Madigan Heck with his vibrantly coloured fashion images – to the late Annemarie Heinrich with her cinematic black and white portraits (Nailya Alexander Gallery). We were also thoroughly impressed with celebrated Mexican photographer Flor Garduño’s nude images with vegetation (Throc Morton Gallery), and Rodney Smith’s whimsical take on surrealism (Robert Klein Gallery). Perhaps the most visually captivating presentation was Jefferson Hayman’s use of frames to draw the viewer into his intimate universe of seascapes and skulls (Michael Shapiro Photographs).

J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere, Suku Sinero / Kiko HD 415/74, 1974. Courtesy of L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York

Within portraiture, be sure to check out J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere’s exquisite captures of women’s intricate hairstyles in Nigeria – the hair is fashioned as true architectural forms as a means of empowering women. Following that thread of visual transformation, Sacha Goldberger’s depiction of superheroes lensed through the objective of Flemish painters makes us question the very essence of “power” and the true man behind the cape (School Gallery Paris).

Sacha Goldberger, Joker from Super Flemish, 2014.

The Photography Show also explores the topics of social injustice, climate change, gender issues, and abstraction. Throughout the program there are AIPAD Talks, featuring in-depth discussions from photographers, curators, and magazine editors.

The Photography Show presented by AIPAD will run from Thursday, March 30 – Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Pier 94 at 12th Avenue and 55th Street in New York City.

Words / Sheri Chiu

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