More Than a New Discovery
by Charlie Finch
Alix Smith, "See What I Mean?" July 15-30, 2005, at Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, New York, N.Y. 10001
At the School of Visual Arts graduate photography show, currently on view at Chelsea’s Visual Arts Gallery, we were looking to buy, but snapped up only one piece, a gorgeous shot of Keith Sonnier’s daughter holding a surfboard in the Hamptons, by Alix Smith, for $800.
Like so many newly minted graduates, Alix actually had her first show a while back, at the Caelum Gallery on West 26th Street. The noted photography collector, Jean Pigozzi, whose collection of Seydou Keita’s work was featured in an Art + Auction cover story last spring, bought out Alix’s entire show, possibly because her images of stiff Upper East Siders appealed to Pigozzi’s international playboy persona.