ANDY FREEBERG, Hasted Hunt Kraeutler, Art Miami from Art Fare Series, 2009, Archival Pigment Print, 12 x 18 inches, Edition of 10.
Andy Freeberg's series Art Fare is a humourous and incisive exposé of the contemporary art market and opens the conversation for believers and cynics alike. This photograph captures a moment at the booth of Hasted Hunt Kraeutler Gallery amidst the exhausted, networked, preoccupied buzz of Art Miami.
Andy Freeberg was born in New York City where he learned at an early age to be a critical observer of the world and the people in it. After studying at the University of Michigan, he began his professional photography career in New York taking portraits for such publications as The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Time, and Fortune, photographing the likes of Michael Jackson, Bill Gates, and Neil Young. Freeberg has recently emerged on the contemporary art scene as a wry commentator on the art industry itself. Long fascinated with the gallery and museum worlds, he often turns his camera on the dealers, gallery patrons, artists, museum guards, and their interplay with the works of art themselves. His project Guardians, about the women that guard the art in Russian museums, won Photolucida's Critical Mass book award and was published in 2010. Freeberg's work is in many public and private collections including SFMOMA, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Portland Art Museum, the George Eastman House, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Pier 24.