If we happen to cross paths sometime in the next few days, and we stand together and take quick stock of our recent art travels during this busy fair week in New York, here is my hopelessly choppy but succinct answer to the ever popular conversation starter this week “how was the fair?”, as it pertains to this year’s ADAA Art Show:
Not as much photography as previous years. A handful of key photo stalwarts: Hans Kraus, Pace/MacGill, Yossi Milo, and Fraenkel (showing paintings of vernacular photographs?!). Sprinkles of standard contemporary fare elsewhere – Sherman centerfold, Becher typology, Baldessari multi-image combine, etc. A few surprises and discoveries. Same hushed atmosphere.
And while these thumbnail photography-centric notes may seem a trifle flip, they do capture the essential character of this year’s ADAA, at least for a photography collector. Given the thin spread of photography on offer, drawing any meaningful conclusions about contemporary trends, themes, or percolating new ideas to be found here seems like a stretch.
If after engaging in this virtual cocktail party banter, you’d like to vicariously tag along to see more, the slideshow below contains selected photographic highlights and standouts from the various booths, starting to the far left from the entrance. Each work includes some description and analysis, along with linked gallery names, photographer names, and prices where appropriate, to facilitate easy follow up.