I had originally planned to try to give a report on each and every exhibitor, but this turned out to require more time than was available. So while these summaries do not cover every single booth, I think they do capture most of the high points (with sincere apologies to those who were omitted). In most cases, we'll discuss the major artists represented in each booth, often focusing on specific works (with prices). For each booth, we've taken a picture of the most memorable work or works we saw in the display. This may not have been the most expensive or best known image; it was simply the one that we found most enticing. I have also provided links to every gallery, so you can follow up as appropriate.
Let's get started...
Weston Gallery (here): The Weston Gallery from Carmel, CA, has the single best image in the entire fair for me, an exquisite Edward Weston nude of Bertha from 1927 (below), priced at a whopping $425000. The booth also contains a few images we have seen before, either buy-ins from the auction of the Weston collection or at the gallery over the years. These include the Alma Lavenson waterlily, the Margaret Bourke-White trumpets, and a pair of Robert Mapplethorpe black and white flowers. There is also a selection of Ansel Adams prints, and a corner display of 19th century work.
Danziger Projects (here): James Danziger has also gone for the mixed bag approach, with a busy booth full of work by his gallery artists. There is an excellent Tanyth Berkeley full body portrait of Grace out front, and three superb Seydou Keita portraits inside. There is the requisite Obama image (now famous due to Danziger's sharp detective work), as well as a soft Julia Margaret Cameron portrait hung high on a shelf (and easy to miss). For our collection, we very much enjoyed the Chuck Close hydrangea image (below); unfortunately it is being sold as part of a set of three images (a calla and a sunflower are the other two, priced at $25000 for all three) and not available on its own.
This concludes Part I of the AIPAD 2009 summary. I'll be at the show this afternoon gathering the details for Part II on Monday.
UPDATE: Part II is now available, and can be found here.