Art Fairs and Festivals
January in Los Angeles is a great time to experience the hugely ambitious Pacific Standard Time, an initiative spearheaded by the Getty. It is an unprecedented six-month collaboration of cultural institutions across Southern California coming together to celebrate every major Los Angeles art movement from 1945 to 1980… It’s also a great opportunity to take in photo l.a. at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (January 12-16), where dealers from around the globe will be showing vintage masterworks, contemporary photography, as well as video and multimedia installations. As an added bonus, there are lectures, panels, book signings and special installations… For the more traditionally inclined the Classic Photographs Los Angeles returns to the Helms Bakery District (January 14-15), where 16 dealers will be exhibiting 19th-and 20th-century European and American photography. The emphasis of the fair is on small-scale works of art representing the rich texture of photographic history.
In the Museums
Tim B. Wride, who spent 14 years as a curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, has been appointed the William & Sarah Ross Soter Curator of Photography at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida. During his tenure at LACMA, Wride curated numerous exhibitions such as Retail Fictions: The Commercial Photography of Ralph Bartholomew and Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography After the Revolution… “Carleton Watkins is to photography what Cézanne and Van Gogh are to painting,” says Weston Naef, former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Naef’s latest project is the massive book Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, which presents nearly every single photograph—all 1,273 of them—taken by Watkins.
The Yossi Milo Gallery is moving to a ground-floor space at 245 Tenth Avenue in Chelsea. “The new gallery space, which is around the corner from our current location, will have twice the exhibition area, plus two private viewing rooms on two floors,” says Milo. The inaugural show will be photographs by gallery artists, followed by the work of Doug Rickard, who is currently featured in the New Photography 2011 exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art… Higher Pictures is moving further uptown to the same building at 980 Madison Avenue that houses Gagosian’s Upper East Side gallery. As owner Kim Bourus says, “The Parke-Bernet building is deep in the riches of art history. Our new gallery space is twice the size of our current space and will accommodate more of what we are already doing.”… Gordon Stettinius, who founded Candela Books in 2010, has opened a gallery in a newly renovated space at 214 West Broad Street in Richmond, Virginia. The inaugural exhibition, which runs through January 28 coincides with the release of Shelby Lee Adams’s new book Salt & Truth. It is a continuation of Adams’s powerful life’s work photographing the people of the hollows of eastern Kentucky… Ed Carey, who for the past four years has headed Gallery 291 in San Francisco with its emphasis on alternative photographic processes, has decided to close the space… Sam Barzilay is the creative force behindUnited Photo Industries, a new space opening at 111 Front Street in DUMBO, Brooklyn, with the mission of supporting, nurturing and presenting talented emerging photographers from around the world. In past lives, Barzilay has been a curator, visual artist, and social documentary photographer… Esa Epstein, owner of sepia EYE, which is dedicated to showing a spectrum of modern and contemporary photography and video work from Asia, has opened an office at 41 W 57th Street.