The Brown sisters, 1975 © Nicholas Nixon, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York. © COLECCIONES Fundación MAPFRE

Nicholas Nixon
The Brown sisters, 1975
The Brown sisters
© Nicholas Nixon, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
© COLECCIONES Fundación MAPFRE

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The Brown sisters, 1975 © Nicholas Nixon, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York. © COLECCIONES Fundación MAPFRE

Nicholas Nixon
The Brown sisters, 1975
The Brown sisters
© Nicholas Nixon, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
© COLECCIONES Fundación MAPFRE

The Brown sisters, 1975

1975

Nicholas Nixon

Birth: Detroit, Michigan, 1947

Technique

Gelatin silver print

Measurements

Measurements of printed area: 46,5 x 57,1 cm (18 5/16 x 22 1/2 in.)
Paper size: 51,1 x 60,9 cm (20 1/8 x 24 in.)

Inventory

FM000341

Description

At a family reunion in August 1974, Nicholas Nixon took a photograph of his wife Bebe and her sisters Mimi, Laurie and Heather. After considering it to be an unsuccessful portrait, he took a second photograph, the first in a series known today as The Brown Sisters. The series shares some of the same formal features from then onwards. The four women always appear in the same order, looking at the lens. The photographs make us feel as if we are witnessing  a private scene that is also brimming with profound universal significance: the natural poses, the vulnerability and the unavoidable passage of time  can all be seen in these works. From a formal perspective, the photographs are remarkable for their precision and tonal richness; conceived as a series, they become moments of harmony within an unceasing course of transformation.

Bibliography

Danese, Renato (ed.) Ars Medica: Art, medicine and the human condition, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1985
American Images, Nueva York, McGraw-Hill, 1979
Familienbilder: Nicholas Nixon, Hannover, Sprengel Museum, 1994
Family Pictures: photographs by Nicholas Nixon, Washington D.C., Smithsonian Institution Press, 1991
Jenkins, William (ed.), Topographics, Rochester, Nueva York, International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, 1975
Liesbrock, Heinz y Thomas Weski, How you look at it: photographs of the 20th Century, Hannover, Sprengel Museum, 2000
Live love look last, Londres / San Francisco / Nueva York , Steidl / Fraenkel Gallery / Pace / McGill Gallery , 2009
Nicholas Nixon, Madrid, TF Editores, 2003 (texto de Carlos Gollonet)
Nicholas Nixon: at home, Ottsville, Pensilvania, Lodima Press, 2004
Nicholas Nixon. Las hermanas Brown, 1975-2007, Madrid, Fundación MAPFRE, 2008 (texto de Peter Galassi)
Nicholas Nixon: photographs from one year, Carmel, California, Friends of Photography,1983
Nicholas Nixon: Pictures of People, Nueva York, Museum of Modern Art, 1988 (texto de Peter Galassi)
Nicholas Nixon. The Brown Sisters, thirty-three years, Nueva York, Museum of Modern Art, 2007 (texto de Peter Galassi)
Ollman, Arthur, The Model Wife, San Diego Museum off Art. 1999
Pare, Richard (ed.), Courthouse, Nueva York, Horizon, 1978
People WITH AIDS. Nicholas & Bebe Nixon, Boston, 1991 ( texto de David R. Godine)
School: photographs from three schools by Nicholas Nixon, Nueva York, Bulfinch Press / Little, Brown, 1998
Szarkowski, John (ed.), A city seen, Cleveland Museum of Art, 2001
(ed.) Mirrors and windows, Nueva York, Museum of Modern Art, 1978
(ed.), 20th Century photographs from the Museum of Modern Art, Nueva York, Museum of Modern Art, 1984
The Brown sisters, Nueva York, Museum of Modern Art, 1999
XL photography 2, Berlín, Hatge Cantz Collection, Deutsche Börse, 2002 (textos de Jean-Christophe Ammann, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Roni Horn, Nicholas Nixon y Erwin Wurm. 

Entry date

2007

Origin

Courtesy of the Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

About the work

The Nicholas Nixon series, The Brown Sisters, is a work in progress that is added to each year with a new image. There are currently 40 photographs to date, on gelatin silver print. With a 50.5 x 60.5 cm format there are seven prints in a roll with one belonging to the FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE COLLECTIONS.

Related dates: 1970-1980