Posted in Opinion on Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
Matt at MOMA 1960′s ©George S. Zimbel
There are many ways to view photography these days. I suppose that online is now the favorite, but the thrill of viewing an exceptional print of an exceptional photograph is still special. Of course you can do it in a museum (Bravo museums!) but that is a quiet procedure often aided by the good docents who volunteer or sometimes only by a headset with a voice that tries to tell you what you are seeing.
The AIPAD Show at NYC’s Park Avenue Armory is a chance to see extraordinary examples of the photographic art, and if you have not been wiped out by the neo-capitalists, you can even buy a print that touches your soul. I am not being poetic: Every day I see my print of Marcel Bovis’s “Paris Bar” hanging on the wall in front of my computer and it gives me pleasure. Every day. My kids pitched in to buy it for me in the 80’s. That’s a lot of pleasure.
I don’t know which if any of my work will be on view because each dealer has a concept of what they want to show in a given year. They have the pulse of the market and they have to sell to survive. These great galleries represent me and will be happy to greet you at AIPAD: Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto (Steve is the President of AIPAD), John Cleary Gallery, Houston, A Gallery of Fine Photography, New Orleans, Fahey Klein Gallery , Los Angeles, Staley Wise Gallery, NYC
There are many events connected to this show and they will all be listed on Aipad’s website, but I particularly want to mention the gala for the John Szarkowski Fund at MOMA because John instigated my first MOMA acquisition with the question:”Why aren’t you in our collection?”
Hope to see you there….george
P.S. I received word that John Cleary Gallery will have my Marilyn Monroe Portfolio of 9 prints, boxed with text.(#5 0f 21 currently existing..printed and signed by me. This portfolio was created at the suggestion of the late John Cleary during my exhibition “Documents” at the gallery in 2000. They will also have my print “Matt at MOMA 1968.”