Archive for June 11, 2007

AAF CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR in NYC this weekend: June 14-17

This year’s AAF Contemporary Art Fair is this coming weekend in NYC. It will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street (where Photo NY had been held in the past).

From the website:
“AAF is the place for new and established collectors to discover and buy paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, photography and limited edition prints from distinguished galleries, all priced from $100 – $10,000. This year the Fair will host more than 60 galleries with approximately a quarter of the exhibitors from Europe, Canada and South America.”

Additional programs (check the website for updates):

All lectures will take place on the lower level of the Altman Building and are free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 16 @ 2pm
First Steps: Beginning and Developing Your Collection
Moderated by Lisa Hunter, Author of The Intrepid Art Collector: The Beginner’s Guide to Finding, Buying, and Appreciating Art on a Budget

Sunday, June 17 @ 2pm
The Paper Chase: Collecting, Owning and Preserving Works on Paper
Moderated by Judith Solodkin, Founder of Solo Impression Inc.

The weekend lecture series is held in conjunction with The School of Visual Arts.

Art fairs are a great way to survey which galleries are representing what type of work; remember however that this is NOT the place to bring your work! Rather – do your homework at their fairs, and perhaps you will come away with a short list of galleries that you will add to your mailing list, watch for the directors to server as Jurors, or Reviewers at portfolio review events. The worst “first impression” you can make is to try to show a dealer your work, when they have invested (heavily) in being present at a fair to SELL work that they have committed to representing. Pay attention to those galleries who are now representing photographers as there may be new opportunities for you with these venues.

Among the many galleries participating are three of my favorites: Dolby Chadwick (SF), Foley Gallery (NYC) and The Print Center (Philadelphia).

You can join the mailing list for this annual event here.


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First “Aperture Prize” International Photography Competition Deadline 7/13

Aperture announced a new international competition to replace Aperture Foundation’s biannual portfolio review. The Aperture Prize competition will take place each summer, and will be judged by Aperture’s top editorial and curatorial staff.

The purpose of the Aperture Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and, specifically, artists whom we feel we can help by bringing them to a wide audience. It is also a way for Aperture to discover work that we might not otherwise see by artists whose progress we would like to follow.

First prize is $2,500. The first-prize winner and three runners-up will be featured on Aperture’s Web site (for approximately one year) and in a special publication printed to Aperture’s high standards and packaged with an issue of Aperture magazine, which reaches subscribers and newsstands worldwide. (Our intention is to publish the 2007 prize publication along with the summer 2008 issue of Aperture.) The winners also will be announced in Aperture’s e-newsletter.

To participate, entrants must be Aperture magazine subscribers (a discounted rate is available) and pay a $25 entry fee.

The deadline for submissions to the first international Aperture Prize competition is Friday, July 13, at midnight CST. Entries can be submitted online, starting Tuesday, May 1, at

For specifics on how to enter, see the Guidelines and FAQs pages. Good luck!

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