Houk Gallery on Art in America's AIPAD Show Top Ten

By Faye Hirsch

My two favorite shows among the many each year at the Park Avenue Armory are the annual print and photography fairs. Maybe it's because multiplicity still carries a whiff of possibility for the buyer with shallow pockets. Of course, these days the stars of both fairs are usually rare, sometimes unique objects carrying hefty price tags, as is born out at the 31st Photography Show sponsored by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD).

This year there are 79 international galleries showing all manner of historical and contemporary photography. Head up there this weekend (11 AM to 7 PM on Friday and Saturday; 11 AM to 6 PM on Sunday) to compile your own top-ten list. I went with a photographer friend who knew many things that I did not, and together we agreed that the following works were pretty amazing.

Edwynn Houk Gallery (New York): Maybe it's an unfair way to begin, as this is the booth that greets visitors at the entrance—with a big, dramatic cowboy, colorful in a hot sunset, by contemporary Swiss photographer Hannes Schmid. How could you not get roped in? There are many dealers showing some extraordinary vintage prints, but Houk has two that made us literally weak in the knees: Edward Weston's sexy Nude in Dunes, Oceano, 1936, so perfectly crafted that you can see the grains of sand beneath Charis Wilson's body and the tiny hairs on her legs; and André Kertész's Clock of the Académie Française, 1929, a famous image of which this is the only known vintage print. There's something about seeing, through the clock's emphatic face, people outside going about their business: it gets to the heart of photography's intimate relationship with time, and puts you in mind of your own fleeting passage.

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