International Fine Print
Wednesday, March 6, 2002, 6:30-10:00 p.m.
With Denise Bethel, Senior Vice President, Auctioneer,
Director of the Photographs Department, Sotheby’s Inc.
|Over 90 contemporary
international and U.S. artists participated in FotoFest’s
Fifth International Fine Print Auction. The auction provides
a rare opportunity to find high quality contemporary fine
art photography from Latin America, Asia, Europe, and
the United States.
The auction took place on Wednesday, March 6,
from 6:30-10:00 p.m. with a Preview Reception, Buffet,
and Live Auction at Foley’s landmark store in Downtown
Houston. The live auction was conducted by Denise
Bethel, Senior Vice President, Auctioneer, and Director
of the Photography Department at Sotheby’s Inc., New York.
Ms. Bethel’s services as auctioneer were being donated
by Sotheby’s, Inc. New York.
“The FotoFest Benefit Auction is one of the best opportunities
I know to acquire works by photographers who may be on
the cusp of international market fame,” Ms. Bethel states.
“There are some very smart institutions and collectors
who have been bidding wisely in the FotoFest Auction for
preview exhibit opened February 20, 2002 at Gremillion
& Co. Fine Art, Inc. and was on view through
March 5, 2002.
Proceeds from Auction ticket and table sales benefited
FotoFest’s year-round Literacy Through Photography (LTP)
in Houston-area public schools. LTP provides more than
a thousand students with cameras and a curriculum using
photography to improve writing and cognitive skills.
Students are asked to photograph people, places, and
events important in their lives, analyze their pictures,
and write about these subjects. Sandra Axelrad, an LTP
teacher at Piney Point Elementary School says: “The
photograph has freed my students to exercise their oral
and writing skills.” The LTP program has been in the
Houston Independent School District since 1990.
Print sales from the Fine Print Auction benefited
artist programs and the Meeting Place portfolio reviews
allowing hundreds of artist photographers to exhibit
work and show their portfolios to important museum curators,
publishers, gallery owners, and representatives of photo
agencies from the United States, Mexico, South America,
Australia, Canada and Europe.
Judith Cooper, a photographer and 2000 Meeting Place
participant commented; “As the reviews from around the
country and the world accurately reflected, FotoFest
is a truly world class event. It was by far the highlight
of my career to be a part of it.”
The Fine Print Auction was one of many events scheduled
in Houston and Galveston for FotoFest’s Ninth Biennial
International Month of Photography. The only international
photography event of its scope in the United States,
FotoFest 2002 took place in over one hundred Houston
museums, galleries, universities and other visual art
Among the internationally known artists donating
prints in 2002 were:
Mario Cravo Neto
Luis Gonzáles Palma
Didier Ben Loulou
María Martínez Cañas
Juan Carlos Alom
Carol Beckwith and