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.

One Night Only! Mauro Fiorese's "mockumentary"

Mar 8, 2010

Please join us this Saturday, March 13, from 7-9 p.m. for a one night only exhibition of Italian artist, Mauro Fiorese's, U.Ph.O. photographs and film. It will represent the first film exhibition at John Cleary Gallery and the first time this work has been seen in the U.S.

About the series:

Knowing how to transcend the visual information we meet up with every day, using photography as a pretext to delve deeper in order to know new worlds: this was the spirit that has led Mauro Fiorese to document places and situations on the borderline between reality and fiction for almost twelve years around our Planet.

After a long period of iconographic research both in amateurs on-line archives as well as in official State archives recently opened up to the public, the photographer took countless trips to remote sites on Earth with the intent of producing the first official Archive of Unidentified Photographic Subjects.

This Project was carried out in twelve years along the lines of the great territorial documentary campaigns, like those of F.S.A. or Alinari photographers, whose far-flung activity produced an immense catalogue of images throughout the years.

View the work here

These pictures tell us about presence as well as absence: the photographic subject is always real, for it was "found" and existing in front of the photographer when he clicked the shutter, but it always and mysteriously remains difficult to identify.

The final work takes on the significance of a photographic evidence, in a almost scientific and forensic sense of the term, of a specific moment, only chronologically and geographically denied.

Every print is supplied with an X-File number that makes consultation possible, with the curiosity of observing something indefinable and with the desire to possess something that is much more than a simple fantasy.

Parallel to his photographic work, the author decided to document this long-term project with a video diary, edited in a unique, surreal mockumentary.

This is a 12' long fiction film, produced in the same spirit and supporting the photographic project, where paradoxical situation are mixed with live breaking news and street interviews to both local friends and colleagues as well as internationally recognized artists, such as Duane Michals, Michael Kenna, Keith Carter, Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor among others.

The U.Pho.S. Project has been awarded with the following grants:

International Art Prize ARTE LAGUNA 2009 - Venice, Italy
Kaunas Photo 2008 - Kaunas, Lituania
Backlight 2008 "Tickle Attack" - WOLKERSDORF, Austria
International Photography Awards 2008 Competition (finalist) - New York, U.S.A.

John Cleary Gallery is proud to present this innovative Project for the first time in the U.S. on Saturday, March 13 2010 for a unique one-night Show.
The artist will be in attendance.