May – June 2013 Eye On The Scene

At The Fairs and Festivals

Contact Photography Festival, the largest photography event in the world, is taking over the city of Toronto during the month of May. The many happenings include over 1,500 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues, including city streets and subway platforms. The audience is expected to top 1.8 million… On a more intimate scale, the PGH Photo Fair will be held in Pittsburgh May 18-19. Twelve exhibitors will be displaying their wares at the UnSmoke Systems Artspace in Braddock, PA. Organized by Evan Mirapaul, the fair is designed to appeal to novices and experienced collectors alike… LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph takes place June 13-15 in Charlottesville, VA. Billed as “3 days of peace, love and photography,” the festival is designed to bring together the international photography community, to create opportunities for attendees and artists to share images and ideas, and to be inspired


Gallery Beat

On May 1, Rick Wester Fine Art will reopen in Chelsea at 526 West 26th Street, Suite 417. The new space features a large front gallery, a slightly smaller second area, a print room and private office space. According to Wester, “This move will allow us to far better serve the needs of our artists and our clients. It is something I have dreamed about for years and it is finally being realized.” The inaugural exhibitions feature Sandi Haber Fifield’s After the Threshold in the main gallery and a selection of gallery artists’ works in the second… After 14 years in business, the James Harris Gallery is moving to its third location. The new, larger space at 604 2nd Avenue in downtown Seattle, is located in the historic Hartford Building, an Art Deco reinforced-concrete gem built in 1929. Divided into three viewing rooms, the main gallery will be visible from the street. The inaugural show opens May 2 with Bing Wright’s Broken Mirror / Evening Sky, photographs of richly colored sunsets reflected onto broken mirrors. Says Harris, “Previously we have had the opportunity to show both historical and contemporary work, and in our new larger gallery we will continue to look at photography of the past as well as the future.”… Congratulations to Arlette Kayafas whose gallery in Boston’s South End is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The original space was less than 1,000 square feet, whereas her current space is more than twice that size. The gallery showcases well known names in photography as well as upcoming artists — with a special emphasis on fostering and exhibiting local artists.


In The Museums

There are big plans afoot for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In anticipation of a 235,000-square-foot-building expansion, the museum will temporarily close in June and reopen in 2016. Look for a significant increase in the space devoted to photography.


And The Honors Go To 

The International Center of Photography Infinity Awards recipients include David Goldblatt for Lifetime Achievement; Mishka Henner for Art; Kitra Cahana for Young Photographer; David Guttenfelder for Photojournalism; and The Afronauts by Christina de Middel for Publication… Catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta has received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, which comes with a $150,000 cash prize… Penelope Umbrico is the winner of the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship… The 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship Award winners in photography are: Scott Conarroe, Bruce Gilden, Sharon Harper, Michael Kolster, Deana Lawson, Deborah Luster, Christian Patterson, Gary Schneider, Mike Sinclair, Alec Soth, and Valerio Spada.