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Top Attractions in New York by Gallerist Laurence Miller, Exhibiting at AIPAD

Gallerist Laurence Miller at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, January 2017
(Laurence Miller Gallery)

The 38th edition of AIPAD, one of the most notable annual international photography fairs, is currently running at Pier 94 in New York City April 5-8. More than 100 of the world’s leading photography —specialized galleries will present Contemporary, Modern, and 19th-century images, as well as video and new media. Organized by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), the 2018 fair has added more than 25 new participants and will feature galleries from nearly 15 countries throughout Europe, the UK, Asia, Canada, and South America. The programmed AIPAD Talks, which bring together prominent curators, collectors, and artists, features panel events with visionaries of the milieu, this year including Teju Cole, Susan Meiselas, and Edward Burtynsky.

Laurence Miller, who will be in attendance at AIPAD, has presented over 250 exhibitions of Contemporary and vintage fine art photography at his eponymous space, with his roster spanning Ray K. Metzker to Toshio Shibata to Helen Levitt. A photography landmark since its opening in 1984, this year marked the gallery's 34th anniversary.

BLOUIN ARTINFO spoke with Miller about his favorite restaurants and concert venues in New York, and a particular building with an especially provocative marquee.

How long have you been a New Yorker?

I moved to New York City in 1974, after graduate school, to work at Light Gallery on Madison Avenue.

What are the best things to see and experience in New York?

The High Line, especially at sunset. As you walk south below 20th Street, there is a wonderful casual outside bar with river views. Proceed down to the Whitney Museum for a dinner outside on the terrace.

A boat ride is another great way to see the island: Circle Line, or sailboat ride...

What is the most overrated thing people advise visitors to see in New York?

The most overrated is Times Square — razzle dazzle, hucksters, tourists — I try to avoid it.  

If you like to gawk, head over to Trump Tower.

What restaurants and/or cafes would you recommend?

Living in Greenwich Village, and with the gallery on West 26th Street, almost all our dining out is between home and work. Advice: find a restaurant that's busy but can seat you.  If you are staying uptown, two excellent restaurants are side by side, across from Carnegie Hall: Trattoria del Arte and Red Eye Grill.

Knickerbockers, one block from Washington Square, has great steak and atmosphere. 

If you plan on spending time in Chelsea, which has the greatest concentration of art galleries in the world, ours included, I suggest lunch or dinner at The Red Cat, Bottino, or Pepe Giallo: all on Tenth Avenue near 23rd Street.

What are the best venues for seeing art in New York?

Of course, we have many world-class museums... Go as early as you can to avoid the crowds (especially MoMA), and see if your local museum membership is reciprocal.

What would you do if you had a free morning or afternoon in New York?

When I have free time and the weather is nice, I head over to Chelsea Piers and hit golf balls.

What are the ideal places to see live music?

For music lovers, there is of course Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, but downtown is the place to head for jazz and blues. Check out the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, and the truly intimate Smalls. For hardcore blues, got to Terra Blues on Bleecker Street.

What are your favorite bars to relax in after spending the day at the art fair?

The Upper West Side is rapidly being developed, and more and more restaurants are opening.  From Pier 94, walk east two blocks to Tenth Avenue: we had a very enjoyable Mediterranean meal at Taboon.

What are you most looking forward to about AIPAD?

One important theme we are exploring at AIPAD is immigration, featuring recent work by Erica Deeman, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Adal Maldonado.

For me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of AIPAD is getting together with international colleagues and clients, whom we do not see often enough. It's also fascinating to see new and historic work from around the world — there are always new enterprising dealers making great discoveries.

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