At AIPAD 2018, the boldest, most challenging, and most socially relevant works at the fair were all produced by women. It was refreshing to see that contemporary dealers are closing the gap of representation equality, and that talent is surpassing maleness as the definitive criteria for contemporary gallery rosters.
Valérie Belin – Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
French artist Valerie Belin presents one of her large-scaled Painted Ladies at Edwynn Houk’s booth. The work consists of a black and white photograph of an agency model. Collaborating with makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench, Belin employs make-up applications for painterly effects. Lady Round Brush is named in reference to the digital retouching tools that groom and optimize fashion pictures into hyper-idealizations. The physical make-up along with further post-processing techniques fracture the linear space of the portrait. The figure is excised from her expected presence within a glossy-paged fashion magazine and is introduced as a ghost-like figure that haunts the picture frame. The piece holds an indelible presence at the fair, and looms over passersby with the cognitive weight of a history painting.
Michael Eastman at Edwynn Houk Gallery
Missouri-born photographer Michael Eastman utilizes formal elements such as color, surface, and patina to express emotional narratives in his architectural images. In his expansive oeuvre, the artist aims to capture historical interiors and landscapes with a visual language that’s rich in color, architecturally precise, and emotionally evocative.
Abelardo Morell at Edwynn Houk Gallery
Cuban-born photographer Abelardo Morell is renowned for his mastery of a centuries-old technique of recording images with a camera obscura to capture urban and landscape scenes on monumental scales. View of Central Park Looking North, Spring, 2010 showcases the artist’s capacity to capture enchanting scenes that bring exterior spaces indoors.
Elinor Carucci's "Kiss," 2017 has been selected for The Photography Show's special exhibition, A Time for Reflection, curated by Sir Elton John. Another special exhibition at the fair this year, Forever Young: Selections from the Joe Baio Collection, also includes work by the artist from her Mother series.