Issue #210  12/21/2014
Three Must-See-Now Events: Rijks' Modern Times, Thomas Walther Collection at N.Y. MoMA, and Classic Photographs Los Angeles

By Alex Novak

If you are serious (or even if you just like photography), there are three photography events that are either running right now or will be in mid-January that you really should not miss.

Modern Times: Photography in the 20th Century

Rijksmuseum show (John Gutmann photo)
Rijksmuseum show (John Gutmann photo)

The Rijksmuseum show on "Modern Times: Photography in the 20th Century" is an event that has taken over the entire top half of the museum for the duration of this exceptional photography show. It is the Rijksmuseum's first ever photography exhibition to showcase its outstanding collection of 20,000 20th-century works that it has amassed since deciding in 1994 to extend its photographic holdings beyond the 19th century. It is a BIG deal. With international coverage of the show, including a six-page section in the Financial Times, the museum and its photography curators, Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom, are finally getting the recognition for the very fine and large (over 200,000 images) photography collection here. The show itself is worth hopping on a plane (or train, if you are in Europe already) to get to Amsterdam before this exhibit ends on January 11th. When this museum moves all its Rembrandts to make room for a photography exhibit, you have to know it is spectacular—and it is. I got to see it this November. There is a wonderful catalogue as well (which we will review in a future newsletter), but if you get the chance, go now to see these 400+ photographs in person. For more information and to order tickets: https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/modern-times.

Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection

Another great exhibit that has just opened is "Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909–1949" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. We'll have a complete review of this show in a future newsletter, but don't wait. Go now and enjoy this magical and highly personal collection. You will be stunned by some of the images by photographers that you know and even more by photographers that you do not know. The show runs until April 19th, but as I said, don't wait. For details: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1496.

Classic Photographs Los Angeles 2015

Classic Photographs Los Angeles
Classic Photographs Los Angeles

Classic Photographs Los Angeles is coming up soon (January 16-18), so start making your travel plans now. With 27 high-level international galleries and dealers exhibiting, including my own company, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works, this is the second best opportunity after the AIPAD New York Photography Show to find quality photography, and is not to be missed.

CPLA has announced two curatorial events led by Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA, and April M. Watson, Curator of Photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO. Each of these accomplished curators will join attendees in a private walk-through of the show prior to the fair's public hours.

The show is held at Bonhams auction rooms at 7601 W. Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046. This location is just six blocks east of Fairfax in West Hollywood. Ample free parking is available in two lots located directly behind Bonhams, as well as metered street parking. Regular show hours are Saturday, January 17: 11 am-7 pm; and Sunday, January 18: 11-5 pm. For more information, go to: http://www.classicphotographsla.com/index.html, or contact Amanda Doenitz at 1-310-205-0326 or e-mail amanda@classicphotographsla.com.

The separate contemporary show, Photo LA, which is not affiliated with Classic Photographs Los Angeles or its programs, is also held during the same week, so come to the LA area and double your pleasure.