Untitled ("Kino") from the series Nomenclature of Signs, 1986-1991
Unique gelatin silver photomontage
13 ½ x 13 ½ in. (34.3 x 34.3 cm)

Untitled ("Economize electricity") from the series Nomenclature of Signs, 1986-1991
Unique gelatin silver photomontage
14 x 13 3/4 in. (35.6 x 34.9 cm)

Untitled ("Meat, Fish") from the series Nomenclature of Signs, 1986-1991
Unique gelatin silver photomontage
13 ½ x 14 in. (34.3 x 35.6 cm)

Untitled (statue with numbers) from the series Nomenclature of Signs, 1986-1991
Unique gelatin silver photomontage
13 ¼ x 13 ½ in. (33.7 x 34.3 cm)

Vasileostrovskaya Metro Station (Variant Crowd 2), 1992
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 15/15
12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Store 59, St. Petersburg, 1994
Vintage gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 1/10
12 1/4 x 12 1/2 in. (31.8 x 31.8 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Man and Shadow, St. Petersburg, 1994
Vintage gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 1/10
12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Entrance, Vasileostrovskaya Metro Station, St. Petersburg (Heads), 1992
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 2/5 AP
7 x 7 in. (17.8 x 17.8 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Crowd 1, St. Petersburg, 1992
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 1/5 AP
17 x 17 in. (43.2 x 43.2 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Umbrellas, St. Petersburg, 1995
Vintage gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 12/15
12 3/8 x 12 3/8 in. (31.4 x 31.4 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Sunrays, St. Petersburg, 1995
Vintage gelatin silver print, printed by the artist

Edition 3/10
11 3/8 x 11 3/8 in. (28.9 x 28.9 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

White Dresses, St. Petersburg, 1995
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 13/15
12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Black Cats, St. Petersburg, 1997
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 1/15
12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Laundry hanging along canal, Venice, 2006
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 3/10
7 x 7 in. (17.8 x 17.8 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso
 

Columns at the Piazzetta San Marco, Venice, 2006
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 5/10
​7 x 7 in. (17.8 x 17.8 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Gondolas, Venice, 2001
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 5/10
16 x 17 in. (40.6 x 43.2 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Bell Tower, Venice, 2006
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 5/10
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. (29.8 x 29.8 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Palm Tree, Havana, 2003
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 3/10
16 x 16 in. (40.6 x 40.6 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Woman in Doorway, Havana, 2003
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 1/5
10 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. (27.3 x 27.6 cm)
SIgned, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

58th Street, New York, 2012
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 4/10
12 1/4 x 12 1/4 in. (31.1 x 31.1 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Corner La Esquina, New York, 2013
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 1/5
12 x 12 in. (30.5 x 30.5 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Domino Factory, New York, 2011
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 10/25
​7 x 7 in. (17.8 x 17.8 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Couple with Umbrella, New York, 2014

Couple with Umbrella, New York, 2014
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 10/25
7 x 7 in. (17.8 x 17.8 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Morningside Park, New York, 2015
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 7/10
17 x 17 in. (43.2 x 43.2 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

New York Public Library, 2017

New York Public Library, New York, 2017
Gelatin silver print, printed by the artist
Edition 1/10
16 x 16 in. (40.6 x 40.6 cm)
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned on verso

Press Release

Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to present Alexey Titarenko: The City is a Novel, on view Wednesday, March 22 through Saturday, May 20. A reception with the artist will take place in the gallery on Thursday, April 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and by appointment.

Born in 1962 in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, Alexey Titarenko has been taking photographs for over thirty years, in four major cities: St. Petersburg, Venice, Havana, and New York. Alexey Titarenko: The City is a Novel brings together, for the first time, prints from every phase of Titarenko’s career, including rarely exhibited photomontages from the his first major series, Nomenclature of Signs; key photographs from his groundbreaking series City of Shadows; and never-before-seen work produced within the past year.

The exhibition takes its title from Titarenko’s monograph of the same name, published in 2015 by Damiani editore and selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best photobooks of the year. Signed copies of the sold-out book will be available for sale for the duration of the exhibition. For Titarenko, the city not only shapes and influences each individual’s mindset and point of view; it is also a creative force, the architect of narratives in which each of us becomes his or her own distinct character. As an artist, his work is to bring to light these stories through his own lens, and to outline their symbolic meaning. As he writes in his essay City of Shadows, “Universal emotions perpetuated during the last century…constitute the main themes of my photographs, to the extent of transforming the most documentary among them into elements of a novel — not reportage, but a novel, whose central theme is the human soul.”

Titarenko’s photographs have been shown in over thirty solo exhibitions and over forty group exhibitions around the world. His work can be found in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Columbus Museum of Art; the George Eastman House, Rochester; the European House of Photography, Paris; the Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne; the Musée Réattu, Arles; and the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, among other institutions.

Alexey Titarenko: The City is a Novel coincides with the opening of a solo exhibition of Titarenko’s work at Damiani Gallery in Bologna, Italy, on May 12, 2017. Titarenko’s exhibition is among the first to take place in Damiani Gallery, which opened in June 2016 as a new facet of the renowned publishing house Damiani editore.