Pittsburgh Collects showcases an exhibition of 75 selected works contributed by three Pittsburgh photography collectors—Evan Mirapaul, Graham Shearing, and an anonymous collector. The exhibition is organized by Brian Lang, Curator, BNY Mellon Corporate Art Collection, Pittsburgh, and Silver Eye Board Chair; and Marcia Rosenthal, Independent Art Consultant, Fine Art Appraiser, and Silver Eye Board Member.
For serious collectors, art can quickly begin to define their lives. What may begin as pure enjoyment, soon couples with the challenge of finding more and more of their favorite pieces—may it be in terms of genre, location, style, artist, or eccentricity.
Pittsburgh’s embrace of photography as a collective art form is alive and thriving today. Fortunately, enthusiastic patrons have emerged over recent years and have been able to add exquisite examples of both classic and contemporary works to Pittsburgh's collective coffers. Pittsburgh Collects showcases a premium selection of these works from three regional collections—those of Evan Mirapaul, Graham Shearing, and an anonymous collector.
Each collector represents, not only, the varied trends in photography, but also the fascinating trends in collecting. Shearing focuses on his innate and eclectic sensibilities, while Mirapaul chooses works based on his travels and experiences with certain photographers. With individual works from many classic and renowned photographers, to selected works from one photographer taken over the span of his career, the concept behind the collections, as well as the works themselves, are what set this show apart.
These photographs showcase the history and trends in photography that is rarely seen: from recent to historic, digital prints to silver gelatin prints—even a unique, rarely used process called anthrakotype. Photographers with works selected include, but are not limited to: Aaronel deRoy Gruber, Abelardo Morell, Rosamond Purcell, Sue Abramson, William D. Wade, Minor White, Josef Sudek, and Gabor Kerekes.
Closing Reception & Conversation with Collector Evan Mirapaul
Saturday, January 11 ,2014, Talk begins promptly at 2:00 pm with a reception to follow at 3:00 pm
Join collector Evan Mirapaul for an exciting and informative talk about photography collecting and, in particular, the pieces he contributed to Pittsburgh Collects by photographer Gabor Kerekes, which feature a unique and rare photography process called "anthrakotype." The talk will be followed by a reception in the gallery.
Silver Eye Center for Photography, 1015 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Free; Space is limited, RSVP requested to email@example.com
About the Collectors & Curators
Evan Mirapaul is a collector, and founder and director of the Pgh Photo Fair (http://www.pghphotofair.com/) and Fugitive Vision, LLC (http://fugitivevision.blogspot.com/). Mirapaul serves on a number of museum committees, most notably the International Center for Photography, New York, where he is the co-chair of the Library Committee. He is a frequent reviewer at a number of festivals and events such as The Mois de la Photo (Montreal); Photolucida (Portland, OR); and Fotofest (Houston, TX). Mirapaul’s collecting is greatly influenced by travel; he seeks out photographers and galleries wherever he goes.
Graham Shearing is a collector, curator, and consultant who has lived in Pittsburgh for over 20 years. He has also written as an art critic for a number of publications including the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Pittsburgh Quarterly. Shearing is engaged in a large number of arts projects and organizations in the region, and has consistently followed the evolving role of photography in the cultural community. Collections change over time, as do the collectors themselves, if they seek to remain lively, and Shearing tries to keep this in mind in his own collecting.
Brian Lang is the curator of the BNY Mellon Corporate Art Collection in Pittsburgh. He has worked with several art galleries in the Pittsburgh area, holding positions in both sales and gallery management. Additionally, he has worked as an independent advisor and curator, organizing exhibitions for both commercial and non-profit galleries. Lang serves as the Board Chair for Silver Eye Center for Photography.
Marcia Rosenthal is an independent art consultant and fine art appraiser in Pittsburgh. She has over 30 years of experience as a private dealer—buying, selling, and appraising fine art for a number of organizations and corporations. She has also guided many private clients in the purchase and selling of fine art. Rosenthal serves on Silver Eye Center for Photography’s Board of Directors.
Photo Credits (left to right): Abelardo Morell, Isabella in the Little Salon, Gardner Museum, 1998. Courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, and the Anonymous Collector. Gabor Kerekes, Untitled (from the Electro-City series), 2008. Courtesy of the artist and Evan Mirapaul. William D. Wade, Waterfall Spirits, 2008. Courtesy of the artist and Graham Shearing.