"In Russia, all the animals are free – horses, dogs and cats, all of them walking everywhere. I was living in the only small guesthouse on the island, and one morning I was having breakfast and looked up to see a dog walking along, carrying a bag. I was told that the dog was owned by a lonely, legless man, who dispatched it every morning to the only shop on the island. In the bag was a shopping list, and the dog walked some kilometres to the shop, gave the bag to the saleswoman, who put the groceries in the bag, and the dog went back with it. Usually, I heard, the list was just bread and vodka."
"But the strongest gravitational centers of the sprawling exhibition are the works by Ilya Kabakov, Irina Nakhova, the artist duo Komar and Melamid, and the group Collective Actions...Unlike Kabakov’s discursive installation crowded with dozens of imaginary voices, “Room No. 3” by Irina Nakhova swaddles the viewer in darkness and solitude. A small room of roughly 13 by 13 by 8 feet contains a single window, a balcony door, an easel, and a desk; every object and surface in it is painted dark gray, and the only light source is a desk lamp, which throws a narrow cone of light on the blind window. The piece is one in a series of installations created by Nakhova in her Moscow apartment between 1983 and 1987; each of these works transport the viewer from the dreariness of the Soviet standardized, collectivized existence into a private, dreamlike world."
Alexey Titarenko will be holding a lecture, Q&A, and book signing at Soho Photo on Thursday, December 8 from 6:00-7:30 PM. Titarenko will be discussing his series City of Shadows, and will be selling and signing copies of his sold-out monograph The City is a Novel (Damiani, 2015). The event is free and open to the public.
Works by Pentti Sammallahti and Nicholas Hughes will be on view this Friday, November 18 through Sunday, January 15 at The Photographers' Gallery in London. The exhibition When frost was spectre-grey takes its name from the poem The Darkling Thrush (1899) by Thomas Hardy, and also features work by photographers Evgenia Arbugaeva, Tamas Dezso, Paul Hart, Martina Lindqvist, and Simon Roberts. Shown at right: Pentti Sammallahti, Finland, 2016.
We are pleased to announce that Alexey Titarenko will be signing copies of his monograph The City is a Novel (Damiani, 2015) at this year's edition of Paris Photo, the 20th anniversary of the fair. The book signing will take place on Friday, November 11 at 6:00 PM in Damiani's booth, H9.
The City is a Novel is the first major publication devoted to Titarenko's thirty-year career, and features over 140 photographs of Titarenko's work in St. Petersburg, Venice, Havana, and New York. The monograph also includes essays by curator, writer, and art historian Gabriel Bauret; Brett Abbott, curator of photography at the High Museum of Art; and Sean Corcoran, curator of prints and photographs at the Museum of the City of New York, as well as an autobiographical essay by Titarenko himself. The book was selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best photobooks of 2015.
William Meyers: Civics is on view through Tuesday, November 1, 2016. Pictured at right: Listening to the candidate, Rego Park, Queens, August 25, 2011.
Humanism + Dynamite = The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksandr Zhitomirsky, the first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading Soviet artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky, is now on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. This show offers a captivating portrayal of a satirist and loyal citizen who inventively furthered his country’s official causes across a tumultuous half-century—from the Depression era and World War II through the decades of colonial liberation in Africa and Asia, civil rights in America, and even international crises over oil and dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s. Over 100 works—all drawn from the Ne boltai! Collection—provide an overview of Zhitomirsky’s career and methods in photomontage.
We are excited to announce that Irina Nakhova has been selected as one of the world's top 25 Most Collectible Conceptual Artists in the September issue of Art & Auction. The feature concides with the opening of our fall exhibition, Irina Nakhova: Presence, on view through October 1. Presence features two new paintings by Nakhova, completed this summer, as well as important pieces like Mobius (1990) and Primary Colors 2 (2003), the latter of which was an inspiration for one of the rooms in the pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Published today on the blog of cinematographer and director John Bailey, ASC: "Denis Brihat's Humble Onions," a thoughtful overview of Brihat's life and career and an investigation of a question that has dogged many a student of Brihat's remarkable œuvre: why onions?
Bailey writes, "What distinguishes Brihat’s studies from Weston’s is not the level of craftsmanship of the print — they are comparable — but the sense of “aliveness” in Brihat’s work. You can almost feel his subjects pulsating as they “pose,” whereas Weston’s still lives of vegetables or fruit appear lifeless, justifying the French expressionnatures mortes...The onion we eat is only a small part of its being: the root, the only part we tend to see in our deracinated experience of sorting through onions in the supermarket bins. What Brihat photographs is the whole onion, pulled from the soil with root tendrils and dirt still attached, and onions that are left to dry as new growth breaks through the bulb, reminding us that even in its d(r)ying state, it is vibrantly alive."
Now on view at the St. Petersburg Manege: Irina Nakhova's Pilot, from her solo show in the Russian Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Nakhova's work can be seen alongside that of Russian artists Oleg Kulik, Yuri Avvakumov, Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, Timur Novikov, Andrei Barteniev, Pavel Paperstein, and Dmitri Gutov, among many others, as part of the exhibition Russian Artists: Participants in the Venice Biennale.
Producer Michael Kurcfeld writes, "If Titarenko’s art is germinated by, as he says, 'moments of moral and physical euphoria,' even while reflecting the arc of oppression in Russia, his images paint a ghostly world inhabited by spirits rather than corporeal beings. He uses a kind of blur distortion that makes one think of Francis Bacon at his most hallucinatory — more a psychological landscape than a concrete one. In his St. Petersburg, life is seen as energy, as flux, though embodied in men and women bent with fatigue and, sometimes, despair...These moods appear in the subterfuge of lights and shadows from which he refashions them, each image in fact uniquely handmade in the darkroom, never precisely replicated."
Vince Aletti writes of Sammallahti's work in the exhibition "Another North: Landscape Reimagined," on view through 6 August at Scandinavia House: "In Pentti Sammallahti’s intimate black-and-white photographs, the Finnish countryside becomes a fairy-tale backdrop for characters including a frog and a white rabbit."
We invite you to see work by Alexander (Lev) Borodulin in the Brooklyn Museum's upcoming exhibition "Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present." The exhibition is on view from July 15, 2016 through January 8, 2017. Borodulin's work will be displayed alongside that of Richard Avedon, Rineke Dijkstra, Stanley Kubrick, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Alexander Rodchenko, and Andy Warhol, among other artists.
Lev Borodulin was born in Moscow in 1923 and began studying photography in the 1950s, after serving in World War II. He worked for over a decade as a press photographer for the magazine Ogonyok, where he made strides to define photography as not only a documentary medium, but also an art form. His images of divers, runners, fencers, rowers, boxers, footballers, swimmers, and athletes of all kinds are widely viewed as some of the most important sporting photographs of the twentieth century.
We are pleased to announce that photographer Jane Hilton will be included in the exhibition Scarlet Muse: Photography and Prostitution, opening Thursday 9 June at Daniel Cooney Fine Art in New York. Photographs from Hilton's acclaimed series Precious will be shown alongside the work of Eugène Atget, E. J. Bellocq, Brassaï, Larry Clark, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, and Danny Lyon, among others. The exhibition is on view through 22 July.
Nailya Alexander Gallery and Photo London are pleased to present a special screening of Alexey Titarenko: Art et la Manière, a documentary by Rebecca Houzel about Russian-born photographer Alexey Titarenko, produced by Image & Compagnie for the French-German TV network ARTE. The film will be shown in the screening room at Somerset House on Saturday 21 May from 4-5 PM, and will be followed by a Q&A with Titarenko and Jim Casper, director of LensCulture.
At 5.15 pm, following the Q&A, Titarenko will be signing copies of his new monograph, The City is a Novel, published by Damiani and recently selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of their best photobooks of 2015. The signing will take place in Fernandez & Wells in the East Wing of Somerset House.
Alexey Titarenko is the subject of the first episode of filmmaker Ted Forbes' new documentary series. Click the link below to watch on Youtube.
“On that first visit, I couldn’t believe the poster targets. They were extraordinary, non-PC targets, all beautifully done – characters that looked like Muslims, a thuggish-type burglar, a man with a hostage. All the people that go choose what they want to shoot at….To me it was a bigger statement to interview the shooters, take away the targets that they’d shot at, and bring them back to London and photograph them. I felt it was a more interesting comment on American gun culture to see what damage it can do to a body than any photo of a man and a kid holding a gun."
"At a fair like this, the best moments usually come from an unexpected discovery. The grouping of landscapes by the prodigiously gifted Finnish photographer Pentti Sammallahti, which are exhibited by Nailya Alexander, are distillations of mood and mist. In the spirit of André Kertész, Mr. Sammallahti’s photographs manage to be lyrical without dissolving into sentimentality. They left me wanting more."
Please join us at the AIPAD Photography Show in Booth 117 at the Park Ave Armory, New York, from Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 17, 2016. We will be featuring photographs by Denis Brihat, George Tice, Alexey Titarenko, Annemarie Heinrich, Aleksandr Rodchenko, and Pentti Sammallahti.
We invite you to visit our booth on Saturday, April 16 from 3:00-5:00 PM for a book signing with Alexey Titarenko. Titarenko will be signing copies of his new monograph The City is a Novel, published in Italy by Damiani editore and selected by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best photobooks of 2015.
"Their first meeting was in 1959, when, for professional reasons, Denis Brihat had contacted Labonicol, the photo lab founded by Claudine and Jean-Pierre Sudre. They hit it off straight away: Claudine, Jean-Pierre and Denis. In photography, their paths criss-crossed until the deaths, first, of Jean-Pierre, then Claudine...They meet again in 2016, showing in New York in the same building, Jean-Pierre Sudre at Tom Gittermann Gallery, Denis Brihat at Nailya Alexander Gallery, almost 50 years after their first joint exhibition, with Pierre Cordier, in NY at MoMA at the invitation of John Szarkowski."
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” as the old adage proclaims, but in the case of fine art photographer Denis Brihat, beauty is in the eye of anybody who choose to share, however momentarily, his unique perspective on the world around him. Over the course of his 70 year career, Denis Brihat developed his own format – that of the ‘photographic painting’ – through which he created a nuanced and dedicated series of images of the under-loved and the overlooked in everyday life – whether that be the cracked, peeling skin of an ordinary shallot or the delicate petals of a common poppy."
Curator, writer, and art historian Gabriel Bauret writes, "Titarenko’s photography does not reduce itself to the mere capturing of an instant. While printing in the darkroom, he combines different sources of light and selectively tones his prints to achieve subtle nuances of color. Also important to note that the work done in the lab is never twice the same: each print is as unique as the shot...If a city is the privileged territory of a novel, even with a relatively autobiographical dimension, the city can also be an inspiration for artistic expression. Alexey Titarenko has combined the two approaches."
"Heinrich began her career as an apprentice to European émigré photographers. In 1930, at the age of eighteen, she set up her first studio in Buenos Aires. Surrounded by artists of every discipline – celebrities, film and radio stars, opera singers, ballerinas, tango dancers, and writers – Heinrich was central to the development and popularization of a new kind of photograph: the celebrity portrait...Heinrich’s work as a celebrity portraitist and professional photographer is supplemented by an extraordinary series, Desnudos (Nudes), which she began as early as 1934. Heinrich’s nudes demonstrate not only her thoroughly modern understanding of the female form, but also her technical mastery and attention to light. Rarely exhibited during her lifetime, these photographs are all the more remarkable for having been produced in almost total isolation from emerging trends in nude photography in Europe."
William Meyers writes, "Annemarie Heinrich (1912-2005) was born in Germany, moved to Argentina in 1926, and early on was among the country’s artistic and entertainment celebrities. Alexander will be showing Heinrich’s imaginative portraits of beauties Beba Bidart, Florence Marly and Eliza Christian Galve—the first doubled, the second with a distorted reflection, and the third partially obscured. There are also portraits of cultural figures Pablo Neruda, Jorge Luis Borges and Marian Anderson; dancers Anthony Tudor and Serge Lifar; and seven female nudes distinguished by their modernist composition and theatrical lighting."
William Meyers writes, "Mr. Titarenko’s pictures of St. Petersburg, Venice, Havana, and New York are not about the buildings, streets and parks of those cities per se, but about them as sites of narrative. In most of these images one feels the setting is a place where something has happened, or is happening, or is going to happen; there is a theatricality about them. The technical device Mr. Titarenko uses to achieve this effect is the long exposure, keeping the lens open so that moving figures are blurred, sometimes appearing almost as wraiths. He is also a brilliant printer, able to control the tonal values in his prints to emphasize and deemphasize particular elements. In an affecting autobiographical essay he tells how reading Dostoevsky and listening to Shostakovich freed him from the Soviet mindset to become truly creative."