Monday, April 8, 2013

PGH Photo Fair Speaker Series #5: David Howe

Please join us for our next PGH Photo Fair Speaker Series installment as we welcome New York-based artist, collector, curator and founder of 601Artspace, David Howe. Following on the heels of the fascinating talk given by Fred Bidwell last month, we continue to explore the myriad ways that a collector can approach collecting. 

The talk will be held at The Andy Warhol Museum on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Join us for refreshments and a cash bar at 6pm followed by our talk at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Mr. Howe has been a photographer and a stock-market investor since childhood. In college he directed plays, studied cinema, and then for more than a decade continued professional work in film, cinematography, and lighting. He then left the moving image world for the stock market and started a family. In the mid-nineties, he began collecting visual art, concentrating on contemporary art, video, and photography. He sought out dialogs with artists whose work he admired, such as Jeff Wall, Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

In 2002 Howe returned professionally to camera work, enthusiastically embracing digital media. He studied at the International Center of Photography, New York, intensifying his visual awareness and engaging critical issues and discourses in contemporary art and media. Howe’s studio is in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where he generates his artwork and research. He travels frequently across the United States to photograph, make studio visits, and to continue informing his practice.

As Mr. Howe’s collection began to include large scale contemporary photographs, he leased space in the historic Starrett-Lehigh Building in the Chelsea area of New York City. Construction of a gallery was completed in 2005, and the first show, for private viewing only, went up that same year. In 2008, an exhibition was mounted for the public, and the space was named 601Artspace.

Today, 601Artspace partners with artists, curators and other not-for-profit organizations to produce unconventional exhibitions, talks, film screenings and special projects within a non-commercial context. Its permanent collection acts as a catalyst for artistic and curatorial encounters. Through these interdisciplinary practices 601Artspace engages and investigates issues in the making, organizing, and reception of contemporary art.

I hope to see you there!

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