Fraenkel Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition Nicholas Nixon: Lovers which will be on view from July 7 through August 25. Within this new body of work, made over two years, Nixon examines and explores the ineffable idea of intimacy.
Nicholas Nixon has long led a revival of interest in the large format 8 x 10 camera and contact printing, unencumbered by the traditional boundaries of this camera. For the last two decades he has photographed people, and produced pictures with a spontaneity and suppleness uncommon in large format camera photographs.
Nixon’s recent work is comprised of pictures of a diverse group of lovers, all previously unknown to Nixon. In some images, the lovers’ bodies are abstracted, transformed into shapes and curves. Here Nixon focuses on the many textures of skin, and the complicated composition of tangled limbs. Other images are more explicit, confronting viewers with their own conceptions of intimacy. As Peter Galassi writes in Nixon’s monograph Pictures of People, “Nicholas Nixon’s work of the past decade embraces the idea that sympathetic photographs of ordinary people can address the deepest of human values.”
Nixon has received three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as two Guggenheim Fellowships. His work is included in many important collections including: the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art among others.
This exhibit runs concurrently with Several Exceptionally Good Recently Acquired Pictures XIV.