Since its inception in 1992, photo l.a. has brought new galleries from around the world to join a mix of established exhibitors, providing a visual discourse on photography’s place in the world of contemporary art. The fair, which runs from January 17 to 21, is at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Not to be missed are a variety of lectures and panels, including: Mapplethorpe at LACMA and the Getty; Collecting: A Critical Perspective and the Changing Market; and New Technologies & Social Media… Now in it’s third year, Classic Photographs Los Angeles is the weekend of January 19-20. This year there are 24 exhibitors and a new venue: Bonhams on Sunset Boulevard. As an added attraction, for those wanting to know ”is your photograph platinum, palladium, silver…?”, Gawain Weaver, photograph conservator, will be offering complimentary XRF analysis.
In The Museums
Transformer Station, a recently renovated transit substation of the now-defunct Cleveland Railway Company, is the new space for arts and culture in Northeast Ohio. The 8,000-square-foot museumwill be shared on a six-month rotating basis by The Bidwell Projects collection, which focuses on contemporary photography and photo-based art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The inaugural exhibitions, which open February 1, are Light of Day: Photographs from the Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell and Bridging Cleveland: Photographs by Vaughn Wascovich… Lisa J. Sutcliffe is the new curator of photography at the Milwaukee Art Museum. She comes from SFMOMA, where she had a wideranging curatorial record, including Naoya Hatakeyama: Natural Stories in association with the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; The Provoke Era: Postwar Japanese Photography; and Photography Now: China, Japan, Korea. According to chief curator Brady Roberts, “This is a critical juncture for the Milwaukee Art Museum as it begins to define a greatly expanded gallery presence for photography in its reinstallation plans.”… SFMOMA received a gift of 473 photographs from three collectors. A group of photographs by Diane Arbus from gallerist Jeffrey Fraenkel doubles the museum’s holdings of work by the artist. Two additional gifts – one from an anonymous donor, the other from the Kurenboh Collection in Tokyo – strengthen the museum’s collection of images by Japanese photographers; the nearly 350 Japanese works included in these gifts cement SFMOMA’s standing as home to the largest collection of Japanese photography in the United States.
Tom Gitterman is moving his gallery to the Fuller Building on 57th Street. Downstairs from the Howard Greenberg Gallery and across the street from Pace MacGill, he joins an area with some of the best dealers in the field. According to Gitterman, “The new gallery will have substantially more exhibition space to allow for greater flexibility, give the art more breathing room, and let us show larger-scale works more comfortably.” The first exhibition, featuring the work of Kenneth Josephson, opens January 11… Sasha Wolf has moved her gallery from Chelsea to the Lower East Side. According to Wolf, she told her real estate agent that her first choice would be a storefront on Orchard between Broome and Grand – a beautiful tree-lined street with new facades, charming cafes and high-end retail. And lo and behold a space became available. “The LES feels fresh and exciting. It’s more user friendly than Chelsea – there’s a great café or restaurant on every block – and there’s a palpable pioneering spirit that’s fun and contagious,” says Wolf. She opens on January 16 with Burns II, an exhibition of the work of David Nadel.