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by Bill Lasarow

It is something of a mantra by now to point out that these two fairs, both held at Butterfield & Butterfield two weeks apart, complement one another in a tight, focused setting that succeeds by not trying to do too much. There is simply a lot to be said for a selective gathering of quality dealers who can offer a credible selection of works of art to look at. The presence of thirty to forty dealers at each fair allows both casual visitors and the more serious shopper to size up competing approaches and knowledgability. And the entire floor, not just a segment, may be surveyed without quite making your head spin.

Photo L.A. 8--this is the 8th annual Photographic Print Exposition--is typically dominated by vintage works from such familiar names as Cartier-Bresson, Cunningham, Adams, Arbus, Weston, etc. A daily collecting seminar--this year including Daile Kaplan, of Swann’s Galleries; Beth Gates Warren, formerly of Sotheby’s; and Rich Wester, of Christies--are, as always, conducted each morning two hours prior to fair hours. These center around a private walk-through with each expert (tickets for these are limited, and the $50 admission includes a three-day fair pass).

The Thursday evening Preview Reception is a fundraiser for DIFFA/Photographers & Friends United Against AIDS, a community fund for AIDS services. Tickets for this event run $35 per person, while admission to the regular fair days, Friday-Sunday, are $12 or $20 for a three-day pass.

Peter Brown, "Rolling Bales, MT,"
chromogenic color, 1985.
On view at Photo L.A. 8



John Dugdale, "After Donatello II,"
cyanotype, 1997.
On view at Photo L.A. 8

Pablo Picasso, "Cheval Mourant (Dying Horse,
Surrounded by a Family of Acrobats),"
etching, edition: 103, 8 1/2 x 12", 1931.
Presented by Tobey C. Moss Gallery
at Art on Paper '99.


Ushio Shinohara, "Wonderwoman," collage.
Presented by Hebert Palmer Gallery, at
Art on Paper '99.

For further details call Stephen Cohen Gallery at (323) 937-5525, fax (323) 937-5523. Further information is also available the Photo L.A. Web site at; the e-mail address is

The Art on Paper Fair, now in its fifth year, overlaps Photo L.A. in that photography is among the media featured. For the most part, however, there is very little duplication of participating dealers. Similarly to Photo L.A.’s collecting seminars, Art on Paper offers a pre-opening walk through the fair on Friday, January 22nd at 5pm with Victor Carlson of LACMA, who will then offer a lecture offering his overview. Tickets to this lecture are $35, and includes admission to the Benefit from 6-9pm. Receipts will benefit L.A. County Museum of Art’s Department of Drawings and Prints. Free lectures include Peter Fetterman, on Saturday illuminating “What is a Good Photograph?”, and Dr. Richard Simms, on Sunday addressing the issue of “Connoisseurship.” A free appraisal clinic is also offered on Sunday at 4pm.

Admission on the two regular fair days is $7 for one day, $10 for both days. For further details call Art on Paper Fair director Marilyn Pink at (310) 395-1465, or e-mail at