American Photo Features About Forty Years

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Jack Crager of American Photo features About Forty Years in “The 10 Best New Photobooks: Fall 2015”

Best known for his four-decade series on his wife and her siblings, The Brown Sisters, Nicholas Nixon has quietly compiled a wide-ranging body of imagery during those 40 years. This collection unflinchingly reflects the realities of life — from the vulnerability of infancy to the vagaries of old age, the sensuality of mixed-race nude couples to the ravages of AIDS — with a constant sense of empathy and artistry. –Jack Crager

From American Photo Documentary online posting by Jack Crager on 21 September 2015.

To learn more about Nicholas Nixon, visit his artist page.

Nicholas Nixon Reviewed by the New York Times

NN-02-019Rena Silverman of The New York Times Lens Blog reviews the work of Nicholas Nixon.

After years of traveling around to the insides and outsides of peoples’ homes, Mr. Nixon now photographs almost exclusively in the Boston area. “Some photographers need to have fresh eyes to see, so they travel because they like to see things as they’ve never seen them before,” he said. “I understand that. But I like looking at things more with old eyes.” –Rena Silverman

From The New York Times Lens Blog online posting by Rena Silverman on 9 September 2015.

To learn more about Nixon, visit his artist page.

Nicholas Nixon’s 2015 Brown Sisters Photograph


As we look forward to Nicholas Nixon’s upcoming exhibition at Fraenkel Gallery, we are pleased to share the latest photograph in his celebrated series, The Brown Sisters. Nixon began making portraits of his wife and her sisters in 1975, and this is the 41st annual photograph. You can hear the artist speaking about this body of work in this video interview.  The photograph, The Brown Sisters, Wellfleet, Massachusetts,  will be on display during our exhibition, About Forty Years,  opening on September 10th.

To learn more about Nicholas Nixon, visit his artist page.

The Art Newspaper Reviews Silent Dialogues

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Shelley Rice of The Art Newspaper reviews Silent Dialogues in this online review.

Using his father’s own criteria for genius, developed in his critical writings, Nemerov shows how Howard knew that his little sister had trumped him as an artist and how she had plunged deeper into their shared “religion of art” than Howard himself had dared. Using photography to reveal the secrets beyond language and thought, unflinchingly facing a world “relieved of the burden of having to be a mirror of her own intelligence,” Diane Arbus manifested an “ocean-infinite of feeling” that was difficult for Howard to confront. –Shelley Rice

From The Art Newspaper online posting by Shelley Rice on 2 August 2015.

To learn more about Arbus’s work, please visit her artist page.

Frish Brandt in Conversation with Mutina


Frish Brandt discusses art, design, and photography’s role in California’s history in this interview with Mutina.

…photography arrived into the US just as we started crossing the continent in the mid 19th century. It was as if the advent of photography was born just in time to document this growth and discovery which ultimately concludes in California. California seems a perfect place for photography then and now, beginning with Carleton Watkins’ landscape photographs of the 1860s, moving into the early 1900s with Edward Weston, evolving into the F/64 Group in the 1920s and 1930s and continuing all the way to the invention of digital photography in Silicon Valley.  -Frish Brandt

From Mutina’s online posting on July 24, 2015.

Photograph by Matteo Pastorio.

Richard Misrach In Conversation With LA Review of Books

In this interview by LA Review of Books, Richard Misrach discusses his career as a photographer since his earliest series, “Telegraph 3 A.M.” to his more recent series, “On The Beach.”

So even though my subject matter is sometimes very much of the news, like the U.S. border maybe, or a nuclear test site, or a bombing range. Something like that could be also a father for journalism, a legitimate father for journalism. I try to make what I would consider more like in relation to historical paintings, like history paintings. Using photographs to make images so visual, that 30, 40 years from now, people look back at it, and it’ll represent this historical moment. –Richard Misrach

From the LA Review of Books online posting on 6 July 2015.

To learn more about Misrach’s work, please visit his artist page.

Alec Soth & Stacey Baker: This Is What Enduring Love Looks Like

In this video, Alec Soth and Stacey Baker explore how couples meet for TED.

Now, the most beautiful to me as a photographer is the quality of vulnerability. The physical exterior reveals a crack in which you can get a glimpse at a more fragile interior. At this date-a-thon event, I saw so many examples of that. But as I watched Stacey’s dates and talked to her about them, I realized how different photographic love is from real love. What is real love? How does it work? –Alec Soth

From the TED online posting from March 2015.

To learn more about Soth’s work, please visit his artist page.

Richard Misrach’s Latest Book Reviewed by Entropy Magazine


Zack Hatfield discusses Richard Misrach’s latest book, The Mysterious Opacity of Other Beings in this online review.

Reading the book is certainly an experience, the craquelure of the water’s sunlit surface instilling a hypnotic cadence. Misrach has always documented the ominous or uncomfortable with startling pulchritude, his gaze more aesthetically concerned than photojournalistic, and this is no exception. The images simmer delicately on the page. Using an innovative printing process and a telephoto lens, each photograph permits both expansive scope and intense definition. By keeping each portrait visually similar in composition, Misrach encourages us to look deeper into an image, to glean facial expressions, to read the body language. Are these strangers consumed by loneliness or savoring the calm of the sea? For sure, placing them against a canvas of such transparency reveals a menacing vulnerability that underscores the arcadian reverie of floating off a coast near Honolulu. –Zack Hatfield

From the Entropy Magazine online posting by Zack Hatfield on 30 June 2015.

To learn more about Misrach’s work, please visit his artist page.

Silent Dialogues Considered for Arles 2015 Historical Book Award

Silent Dialogues Cover 2We are pleased to announce that our recent publication Silent Dialogues has been selected for consideration for the Arles 2015 Historical Book Award.  The selection committee, composed of Remi Coignet, Horacio Fernandez, and Markus Schaden, selected Silent Dialogues along with 20 other publications from over 700 submissions for consideration of this prestigious award.

Ralph Eugene Meatyard in “Arts in Context Shorts: Wildly Strange”

In this video by Arts in ContextJessica McDonald, Simone Wicha, and Dr. Coleman Hutchison discuss Wildly Strange: The Photographs of Ralph Eugene Meatyard presented by the Blanton Museum of Art and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.

Meatyard wore one mask to work, he wore one mask at home, he wore another when he was discussing literature and film with his friends from the English faculty. He probably wore a different mask when he was going out to the abbey to meet the Thomas Merton. We all take on different personas or wear different masks in different parts of our lives. Meatyard was a little league coach, he was the head of the local PTA but at the same time he’s really pushing all the boundaries of his art in photography and creating works that even push and sometimes confuse his colleagues that have the same goals as he has. –Jessica McDonald

From the KLRU online posting by Brenna Pollock on 5 June 2015.

To learn more about Wildly Strange, please visit here.

To learn more about Meatyard’s work, please visit his artist page.

Katy Grannan in Conversation with Interview Magazine


Katy Grannan, curator of The Heart is A Lonely Hunter, discusses the current exhibition in this article by Interview Magazine.

God forbid you reveal anything deeply felt. It’s got to be concealed beneath the armor of a rigorous, academic thesis. It’s the rare artist who can pull it off without bearing the brunt of smug, ironic criticism. –Katy Grannan

From Interview Magazine online posting by Colleen Kelsey from June 2015.

To learn more about The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, please visit the exhibition page.

Richard Learoyd demonstrates his process

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In this video, photographer Richard Learoyd demonstrates how to make a picture using the large camera obscura he built in his studio.

They’re different to other photographs because they emit the sensation that is a little more human somehow. They are never really described as prints because there isn’t a print. You know the print is the photograph and the photograph is the print. There’s not the opportunity to make more than one version of the picture because that moment is passed. There is no negative. There is no transparency. There’s no digital file. –Richard Learoyd

From the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art online video from May 2015.

To learn more about Learoyd’s work, please visit his artist page.



Richard Misrach in conversation with the guardian

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Richard Misrach discusses our current issues with gun violence in this article by The Guardian.

I realized that the women on the covers of both magazines were the intended targets, but that the violence that was directed specifically at the women symbolically penetrated every layer of our society. Every aspect of our society … was riddled with violence. –Richard Misrach

View Misrach’s “Desert Cantos” portfolio here.


AICA Exhibition Award for “Hiroshi Sugimoto: Acts of God”

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Fraenkel Gallery is honored that our 2014 exhibition Hiroshi Sugimoto: Acts of God has been selected as one of the AICA award winners in the category of Best Show in a Commercial Space Nationally. The US section of International Association of Art Critics is comprised of 400 critics, curators, scholars, and art historians, and the organization presents its annual awards in recognition of exceptional and important work in the visual arts.

Thank you, AICA members, for naming Acts of God one of the best exhibitions of the past season!

Richard Misrach Interview for American Suburb X

Richard Misrach, in an interview for American Suburb X, discusses his collaborative project with composer Guillermo Galindo on the Mexican-American Border crossing. Misrach takes abandoned objects he finds at the border, photographs them, and sends them to Galindo, who then transforms them into musical instruments.

This whole border project really is an extension of my Desert Cantos,…you look at landscape, but it’s not really landscape, it’s a symbol for our country, it’s a metaphor for our country. –Richard Misrach

From an interview by Brad Feuerhelm at Paris Photo Fair from November 2014.

To learn more about Misrach’s work, please visit his artist page.

Frish Brandt Appointed President of Fraenkel Gallery

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We are pleased to announce Frish Brandt has been named President of Fraenkel Gallery. This new appointment comes on the 30th anniversary of Brandt joining Fraenkel Gallery and marks her significant contributions to the gallery’s growth over her tenure.

As President, Brandt will continue to oversee gallery operations and client relationships, while playing a key role in setting the gallery’s artistic direction with founder Jeffrey Fraenkel. “Frish is a beloved figure in the Bay Area art world and beyond,” notes Fraenkel, “and her vision, influence, and special touch is felt in every aspect of what we do.”

In recent years, she has worked especially closely with more recent additions to the gallery’s stable of artists, including Richard Learoyd, Katy Grannan, and Idris Khan, in addition to her long history with gallery artists such as Hiroshi Sugimoto, Robert Adams, Adam Fuss and Nicholas Nixon, as well as The Estate of Ralph Eugene Meatyard.

Brandt came to Fraenkel Gallery in 1985, at the time of Chuck Close’s first exhibition of large-scale photographs on the West Coast. “When Fraenkel Gallery first opened, photographs were not widely regarded as art,” said Brandt. “It has been an incredible trajectory to see photography become central to any serious consideration of contemporary and modern art.”

She has been pivotal in the organization of countless exhibitions over the past 30 years, including Open Secrets: Seventy Pictures on Paper 1815 to the Present (1997), Not Exactly Photographs (2003), anniversary shows such as The Plot Thickens (2014), and the eclectic series Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures.

Congratulations, Frish!

Art Basel June 18-21, 2015

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Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to exhibit once again on the main floor at Art Basel this coming June, and will feature work by Christian Marclay, Diane Arbus, Idris Khan, Richard Avedon, Peter Hujar, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Katy Grannan, Robert Adams, and Richard Learoyd, among others.

Visit us at booth A13.

Book Signing with Richard Misrach on May 9th



Coinciding with Richard Misrach’s current exhibition Being(s) 1975-2015 is the release of his book The Mysterious Opacity of Other Beings, published by Aperture. This is Misrach’s first book to focus exclusively on the human figure adrift in shifting waters. On May 9 at 2pm, Misrach will join us at the gallery to sign copies of his newest monograph.

Alec Soth’s Photographs Mine the Margins of the US

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Brian Karl, examines Alec Soth’s most recent work in this online review.  Karl examines Soth’s most recent show, Songbook, and marks interesting transitions in Soth’s career as photographer and documentarian. Songbook is on view until April 4th.

Not only do we sense natural and social pressures, we also see evidence of those failed schemes and hopes played out in architectural structures, as in the neat walkways and stairways of untenanted motels and their carefully measured out, yet near-empty parking lots.  –Brian Karl

From the Hyperallergic online posting by Brian Karl on 25 March 2015.
To learn more about Soth’s work, please visit his artist page.


Making Music from Migrants’ Items


Richard Misrach and Mexican composer Guillermo Galindo have long individually reflected on the migrant experience. Now, the Artists have come together to create instruments out of the discarded and abandoned objects left by migrant families along the Mexican/American border.

From BBC World Service online posting from 10 March 2015.

To learn more about Misrach’s work, please visit his artist page.

Alec Soth with Charlie Schultz

Soth-web1Soth discusses his artistic journey from his beginnings as a suburban newspaper photographer, to his newest show Songbook with Charles Schulz writer for The Brooklyn Rail.

Someone the other day was talking to me about how they loved the shoes everyone was wearing in my pictures—and I love that. That’s what’s so great about this open-ended photography. It gives people a place to look at those things and to try to figure out meaning through them. As much as I love the text and love using it, if you are looking at this picture and you have a page of text describing it, you tend to not look at the soles of people’s shoes to figure out who they are. –Alec Soth

From The Brooklyn Rail online posting by Charlie Schulz from March 2015.
To learn more about Soth’s works, please visit his artist page.


Alec Soth interview at Fraenkel Gallery

Alec Soth sat down with us to chat about his current exhibition Songbook, on view through 4 April 2015.

A lot of the language surrounding Songbook is about community and American culture…and that stuff’s in there, but actually what I wanted to do with it is talk to something more primal, more internal, and more about the human condition than the American condition. It’s the great problem of consciousness. Alec Soth

To learn more about Soth’s work, please visit his artist page.