Fotofest So Far

Mar 15, 2010

Even though I'm completely and totally exhausted (and leave painfully early in the morning for New York for Aipad), I have to admit that March is a really exciting month here at John Cleary Gallery. Fotofest opened Friday, and I had a great day reviewing the artists with whom I was lucky enough to be matched. I found some work that was great (but not right for my gallery) and some work that was great (AND right for my gallery). Two artists with whom I'm friendly from Fotofests past (Catherine Cameron and Oyvind Hjelmen) asked me if I love my job. I admitted that my favorite part was looking at fine art photography all day, and Fotofest definitely fills that bill.

The best part of Fotofest for me this year is that each and every artist with whom I've met (both at The Meeting Place and at the gallery) has been completely ready for the review experience, i.e., listening to what each reviewer has to say with an open mind. One artist, Deborah Samuels is a mentee of Jeffrey Becom and his charming wife Sally Aberg. Monica Cheon, with whom I met two years ago, is still making beautiful work. Rania Matar and Natan Divir are planning to combine their series of youths into a joint project that promises to be enlightening. I could go on and on and on and on, but then you'd have no reason to come to the gallery in July for my "Found" show that will highlight all the fabulous work I've... well... found, this weekend.

Saturday was a very busy day at the gallery. I met with artists and tried to ready myself for AIPAD while Eric, Morgan, and Mauro set up the installation of Mauro Firoese's "mockumentary." I was so pleased to have a great crowd for the event that I'm going to show the work again this Saturday! If you missed it last week, be sure and get to the gallery on Saturday, March 20 from 6-8 p.m. to see the film (featuring the likes of Duane Michaels, Maggie Taylor, Jerry Ueslmann, Michael Kenna, Keith Carter, and a certain gallery owner who shall remain nameless due to her complete lack of acting ability), the Jefferson Hayman exhibition, and snag a signed book by Thomas Kellner.

For those of you in the greater New York City area, I'll see you all week at the Park Avenue Armory for AIPAD: The Photography Show in booth 118!

AIPAD The Photography Show

Mar 8, 2010

The Association of Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) will hold its annual art fair, The Photography Show, Thursday, March 18 - Sunday, March 21 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. We will be exhibiting along with 90 of the best photography galleries and private dealers from around the world. This year celebrates the 30th anniversary of this prestigious organization! Happy Birthday, AIPAD!

We are so proud to be a member of this amazing organization that fosters a community of knowledge, friendship, and passion in the world of photography. We hope you will be able to visit us in booth 118, where we will be featuring new works by Mitch Dobrowner, Maggie Taylor, Jessica Somers, Dan Burkholder, and Charles Grogg, along with historic works by such luminaries as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau. For the first time, we will also be showcasing the beautiful books of 21st Editions. I think it will be our best art fair yet, and I cannot wait to see my many friends in the business.

$1 off for anyone who mentions this blog! Just kidding. $5 off.

21st Editions

Mar 8, 2010

I am very excited to announce that John Cleary Gallery is the exclusive Texas dealer for 21ST Editions! I have worked with Lance Speer and Steve Albahari many times through the years, and I am looking forward to representing their beautiful publications on a larger scale.

If you are not familiar with 21ST Editions, I invite you to visit their website at to read about the handcrafted bindings, letterpress printing, and stunning platinum and silver gelatin prints that go into books of incomparable beauty and quality. I will be featuring the one-of-a-kind Journal Plate Set and the 21ST Editions Master Collection at AIPAD. The Master Collection is each and every book and portfolio created by 21ST Editions over the last 12 years (33 fine press books and 116 signed free-standing prints). It is unsurpassed in its craftsmanship, artistry and, of course, subject, with artists ranging from Joel-Peter Witkin to (our current exhibiting artist) Jefferson Hayman, Sally Mann to ParkeHarrison. Many of the volumes are avaieffersonlable individually, though a large number are sold out - the most recent 21ST Editions publication, Jerry Uelsmann's Moth and Bonelight, which included ten original signed 16x20 silver prints mounted on 20x24 removable aluminum "pages," sold out in just 24 hours!

The works of art 21ST Editions creates are not just for collectors of books - these pieces are for anyone who loves fine art photography. Please let me know if you'd like more information on any of the titles listed on the 21ST Editions web site, and stop by and see me at booth 118 at the Park Avenue Armory March 18-21 for AIPAD to view the work for yourself.