Throckmorton Fine Art Featuring Renowned Photographers at 2013 AIPAD Photography Show
Throckmorton Fine Art is presenting an important array of international photographic talent at the 2013 AIPAD Photography Show in New York April 4 - 7.
Throckmorton Executive Director Kraige Black, who serves as first vice president of AIPAD, says, “AIPAD is recognized as the most important international photography event and attracts the world’s most discerning collectors of museum-quality photographic art, as well as top museum representatives.”
“Each year the Association of International Photography Art Dealers brings together more than 75 of the world’s leading photography art galleries who collectively present the finest works entering the market each spring. The range of works on display at AIPAD is comprehensive and spans more than 150 years of contemporary, modern and 19th century photographic achievement. AIPAD also provides a forum for avant garde photo-based art, video presentations and alternative new media. The AIPAD show makes the historic Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street the ‘must see’ destination the weekend of April 4 to April 7.”
“This year Throckmorton has assembled a striking mix of photography from some of the world’s most acclaimed talents including several of Latin America’s foremost photographers, among them Graciela Iturbide, Flor Garduño, Christian Cravo, Lucien Clergue, Tina Modotti, Manuel and Lola Alvarez Bravo, plus African-American artist Elisabeth Sunday, Marilyn Bridges, and Edward Weston.”
Highlights at the Throckmorton stand include Elisabeth Sunday’s Platinum Palladium Print “Annointed.”
Spencer Throckmorton says, “Elisabeth Sunday is considered an unparalleled art photographer. She is the granddaughter of Cleveland School painter Paul Travis, and has become an important talent by devising her own distinctive artistry of mirror photography, which dates back to Louis Daguerre in 1840.”
Another featured photograph, the 1939 “Good Reputation Sleeper” by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, underscores what Throckmorton says was the immense value of the communication between artists working a century ago, many of whom have become legends. He says, “In the latter half of the 1920's Bravo became acquainted with Diego Rivera and through him, with Tina Modotti. It was at Modotti's suggestion that Bravo first showed his work to Edward Weston. Meeting these artists and becoming involved in the social and political climate of post-revolutionary Mexico undoubtedly had an effect on the images Bravo was creating. When Tina Modotti was deported from Mexico in 1930, Bravo took over her position as photographer for the magazine Mexican Folkways.”
Manuel Alvarez Bravo co-founded the Fondo Editorial de la Plastica Mexicana, an organization dedicated to books on Mexican art. He has exhibited at numerous locations throughout the world including The Museo de San Carlos, Mexico City, The Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., The Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Chicago Art Institute, to name only a few.
“Tina Modotti is one of the more fascinating photographers of the first half of the 20th century,” Throckmorton says. “Born in Italy in 1896 she came to the US in 1913 and after working as a dressmaker found her way to Hollywood where she met Edward Weston and began to model for his photographs. He followed her to Mexico in 1923 where she became involved in politics and became friends with Diego Rivera, Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueriros. In 1930 she was deported from Mexico as a result of her political activities. The emotions provoked by her frequent dislocations had an important impact on her work. She lived in the Soviet Union, France and Spain before returning to Mexico in 1939 where she resided until her death in 1942. While living in Spain she worked as a nurse and wrote for the Republican Newspaper "Ayuda."
Kraige Block adds that, “Edward Weston, an Illinois native born in 1886, also was influenced by his stays in Mexico, which began in 1923 when he opened a studio with Modotti. There his work took a new direction and he greatly matured as an artist. During his lifetime he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship 1937, 1938 and was an Honorary Member of the American Photographic Society, 1951. He was written about in many books and collected by the most important museums and private collectors. His career was cut short when he contracted Parkinson’s.”
“Many significant photographers who were natives or spent time working in Latin America gained insights into the human condition, politics and culture that set them apart from artists working elsewhere. We are delighted to have the opportunity to play a role building on the recognition these talents deserve,” Block says.
Throckmorton Fine Art has been a leader among New York dealers in showing the most important contemporary Latin American photographers at its New York gallery at 145 East 57th Street. Gallery founder Spencer Throckmorton has also pursued a long held interest in Pre-Columbian art and Chinese jades and the gallery has continually staged important exhibitions and published numerous publications on those subjects.
The gallery’s commitment to connoisseurship is underscored by its sales to such major museums as The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Getty and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, along with the Reina Sofia in Madrid. Portions of collections the gallery was instrumental in forming have been donated to the Louvre. The gallery loans examples on a regular basis to such significant institutions as the London National Gallery. Throckmorton has a number of loans at the current “Frida & Diego” exhibition at the Art Gallery of Toronto.
As the premier dealer offering vintage and contemporary Latin American photography, Pre-Columbian art, Chinese jades and Asian art, Throckmorton Fine Art participates in internationally acclaimed fairs, including The Winter Antiques Show in New York each January, the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) show in April and Asia Week in New York each March.
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