What Galleries Want
© GAR Y BRIECHLE/COUR TES Y OF CA THERINE EDELMAN GALLER Y
Catherine edelman Gallery
Catherine Edelman founded her gallery in 1987 “as a venue for living photographers
and I’ve stayed true to that mission,” she says.
Her current photography roster includes both well-known photographers she
has shown numerous times and new, unknown talents. In addition to representing
its roster of photographers, Catherine Edelman Gallery also manages The Chicago
Project, an online gallery devoted to Chicago-area photographers whom Edelman
and her staff feel deserve wider recognition.
These days, Edelman is increasingly busy with art fairs as well as mounting exhibitions. “I don’t take on many people. I’ve come to realize it’s a huge undertaking”
to promote their work and get it in front of collectors and curators. When she does
take on a new artist, she says, it’s simply because she loves the work. “My passion
has never been driven by common taste, it’s always what completely rocks me.”
She discovered Gary Briechle, whom the gallery showed last fall, when she saw
some of his black-and-white images in a catalogue of forthcoming books from Twin
Palms Publishers. Briechle has used wet-plate collodion
to take intimate portraits of friends and neighbors in
Maine, where he has lived and worked for eight years.
Edelman recalls, “I Googled ‘Gary Briechle, Maine’ and
found one person. I called him and a few minutes later
he returned my call, and we started talking.”
They agreed to meet when Edelman was in New York City for the AIPAD show.
Looking at his black-and-white portraits, she says, “I said right there, ‘I’ve got to show
this.’ Then it took nine or ten months to work out a show.” Prior to working with
Edelman, Briechle had only shown his work in a coffee shop in Maine. Jack Woody,
publisher at Twin Palms, learned about his work from a photographer who met
Briechle through the Maine Media Workshops.
Though his book won’t be out for another year, Edelman decided to show his
work at the 2012 AIPAD show. She sold one print, she says, “but that hasn’t changed
my commitment to his work.”
She observes, “His work is an honest portrayal of aging. Aging is going to happen
Above: Images by Daniel
Beltrá (left) and Gary Briechle
(right), two recent additions
to Catherine Edelman