The Klotz Gallery acts as the exclusive sales agent for the Allan Rubenstein Collection of photographs. A portion of the Collection is shown in their booth (# 120) at this April’s AIPAD Photography Show.
Allan Rubenstein and Alan Klotz were business partners and close friends for two decades, before his untimely death at the hands of a hit-and-run driver, in 1992. His “day job”, which supported his passion for collecting, was as the Production Editor of GQ Magazine. But his heart was with collecting photography, and with the roller coaster ride of helping me run a gallery. It was the cement that held our friendship together, and gave it its flavor. Allan bought many works from and through the gallery. We were frequent purchasers at auction, and also traveled a lot, beating the bushes for treasures. So it is poignant for me to have these pictures back after a hiatus of 24 years. They are proof of his collecting acumen, as well as a map of our time together. Alan haven’t seen them since then, but they have often been on his mind. So, it is good to see them once more on a gallery wall, and that that wall is mine.
Allan was very eclectic in his tastes. His collection spanned all three centuries of photography’s output, from Calotypes to contemporary work. For the most part his interests centered around work done 20 years on either side of the turn of the 20th century: PH Emerson, Frederick Evans, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Thomas Eakins, Lewis Hine, Eugene Atget, and Edward Curtis. Of course there were others as well.