This winter has been an exciting time at Nailya Alexander Gallery, with the opening of “Solarized” in November and a successful trip to Classic Photographs L.A. last month.

“Solarized” closes on Saturday, February 28, and we invite you to come see the show before the works are taken down at the end of the month. The show, which spans the course of the twentieth century, features unique works by over a dozen photographers, including Irina Ionesco, Edmund Teske, Erwin Blumenfeld, Todd Walker, and Alexey Titarenko. All the artists featured have experimented with the striking phenomenon of solarization, in which extreme exposure or re-exposure to light causes a distinctive and unique tonal reversal in photographic prints and negatives.

We are also excited to announce our next show, “Alexey Titarenko: New York,” opening on March 25th, as well as our participation in the upcoming fairs AIPAD (April 16-19 at the Park Avenue Armory) and Photo London (May 21-24 at Somerset House).

We look forward to seeing you at “Solarized,” on view until February 28 at 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704, Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 – 6:00.

The WSJ Review, October 18, 2014

This is what is meant by “fine prints.” That is, to appreciate Denis Brihat’s photographs of flowers, vegetables and fruits you have to see his actual prints. The colors he achieves are so delicate that no reproduction, say in a newspaper rendering or an online digital image, adequately captures them. Mr. Brihat (b. 1928) moved to Provence from Paris in 1958 and lived in seclusion on the Plateau des Claparèdes. There he studied nature and perfected his printing techniques. The time-consuming processes involve toning the prints with minerals—salts of silver, gold, sodium, iron and uranium, among others.

Most of the works on display at Alexander are extreme close-ups of a single flower, fruit or vegetable and, in some instances, just part of one. “Pavot (Poppy)” (1999) is 16 by 20 inches, the entire frame filled with the one flower set against a white background. The poppy’s petals are elegant but fragile, and seem translucent; the reddish color modulates through a wide range of shades, the result of gold toning. The effect is very pleasurable.

Mr. Brihat paid the same attention to a black tulip, a ranunculus, a chrysanthemum, an orchid, a gardenia, an amaryllis and a hibiscus. His speckled white pear is delicate and erotic. “La peau et les racines de l’oignon (Skin and Roots of Onion)” (2002) is an extreme example of Mr. Brihat’s ability to wrench beauty from meager materials; striations show clearly on the thin bits of onion skin, whose coppery tones are set off against the opaque black of the roots.


"The Cosmos of Denis Brihat," September 10 - November 8, 2014

Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to present The Cosmos of Denis Brihat, opening on September 10th from 6 to 8pm. The exhibition will run through November 8th at the Fuller Building, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704 (corner of Madison Avenue). Gallery hours are 11am-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.

Denis Brihat (b. 1928, Paris) first made his photographs in 1943. In 1948, he attended the Rue de Vaugirard photography school, and in 1955 encouraged by Robert Doisneau, he started working for the RAPHO agency. Brihat spent a year (1955-1956) photographing in India, where he produced work that won him the Prix Niepce in 1956 and an exhibition at the Société Française de Photographie. In 1958, he moved to Provence, where he settled at Bonnieux to concentrate on his personal research and the themes of nature. Living in seclusion on the then deserted Plateau des Claparèdes, he at last could create the photography he had always longed for: images that revealed the complexity and beauty of nature through a completely immersive experience. Several important exhibitions mark this period, notably at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1966 and at MoMA (New York) with Pierre Cordier and Jean-Pierre Sudre in 1967. In 1968, Brihat started his experiments in color by using metal toning and etching process of the gelatin surface, techniques he tirelessly pursued and honed ever since. The color in Brihat’s toned prints is mineral, made of the salts of silver, gold, sodium, iron, and uranium among others, and is achieved solely through classical darkroom processes. The resulting prints are sumptuous and delicate. Of remarkable richness, they expose the color of light, something far greater than the color of things.

“When Brihat enlarges a slice of lemon to the size of a cathedral rose window, when he puts a single acacia seed or spike of lavender on a neutral background – a background of nothingness  – he raises these tiny harbingers to the power of the cosmos, and infinity is certainly what he intends to possess, infinity withdrawn from the wear of time, an eternal infinity.” (Michel Tournier)

Denis Brihat has had exhibitions both in Europe and the US since 1963.  He received Grand prix photographique de la ville de Paris in 1987. His works can be found in museum collections such as Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris; European House of Photography, Paris;
Cantini Museum, Marseille; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Alexey Titarenko in ARTnews and The WSJ review

Alexey Titarenko was featured in the June edition of ARTnews. The feature, entitled "Photographer Transforms Crowds into Shadows and Black and White into Color," by Rebecca Robertson appeared in the "Studio" section. To read onliine click here

"About a Woman" exhibition was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal on June 28th. Click here to read it online. The exhibition will be up throuhg July 25th. 

About a Woman, May 21 - July 25, 2014

Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to announce About A Woman, the exhibition featuring photographs by Sarah Moon, Deborah Turbeville, Marcia Resnick, Grete Stern, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Alexander Rodchenko, Many Ray, Alexander Zhitomirsky, A. Tsoukker, Baron Adolf De Meyer, Ann Rhoney, Heather Evans Smith, Cirenaica Moreira, David Tippit, Steve Wilson, Jan Lauschmann, George Seely, and Alexey Titarneko.

The exhibition will open on May 21st and will run through July 25, 2014. Gallery hours are 11-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment.

Irina Nakhova: Moscow Diary

Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to present “Irina Nakhova: Moscow Diary,” opening on Wednesday, April 2nd, 6-8pm, at the Fuller Building, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704 (corner of Madison Avenue). The exhibition will run through May 17th, 2014.  Gallery hours are 11am-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.

Irina Nakhova (b. 1955), an installation artist and academically trained painter, shares her home and studio between Moscow and New Jersey. She graduated from the Moscow Institute of Graphic Arts in 1978 and is a member of the unofficial artists’ group, now known as the Moscow Conceptual School. She has been a member of the Moscow Union of Artists since 1986. Nakhova achieved wide acclaim for her Rooms (1983-7), the first "total installation" in Russia.

Nakhova has been selected to represent Russia in the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, where she will be the first woman to have a solo exhibition in the history of the Russian Pavilion. In 2013, she won Russia’s prestigious Kandinsky Prize for Project of the Year.

Our presentation will feature the installation Without a Title, exhibited at last year’s Kandinsky Prize, and shown for the first time in the United Sates. This installation uses manipulated photographs in a variety of media from Nakhova’s personal and family archive that dates from the 1920’s to the present. Also featured are Skins (2009), photo sculptures Pillows (1997) and several paintings from the installation Renovation (2012).

Nakhova has had over 30 solo exhibitions in North America, Europe, and Russia. She taught contemporary art at Wayne State University in Detroit (MI), Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (PA), and The International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg, Austria. Her artwork is in museums and private collections in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

Alexander Borodulin: New York 1970s-1980s

Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to present “Alexander Borodulin: New York 1970s - 1980s,” the photographer’s first solo exhibition in New York, opening on Wednesday, January 22nd, 6-8pm, at the Fuller Building, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704 (corner of Madison Avenue).  The exhibition will run through March 8th, 2014.  Gallery hours are 11am-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.

Alexander Borodulin, the son of the well-known Soviet sport photographer Lev Borodulin (b. 1923), started photographing at the age of fourteen in the early 1970s. While living in the USSR, Borodulin searched for subjects that did not confine to official Soviet ideology, following instead, ideas of dissident artists. When the family immigrated to Israel in 1973, Sasha photographed the Yom Kippur War.  The following year he moved to New York, where initially he worked as an assistant for sports photographer, Jerry Cooke, and shortly after at Time-Life publishing corporation, becoming the youngest photographer working for the company. The fact that Borodulin was a refugee helped him to befriend such renowned artists as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Arthur Rothstein, Howard Sochurek, Ernst Haas, Cornell Capa, Philippe Halsman, and Gjon Mili.

Although Borodulin photographed subjects from all corners of life, we highlight in our show some of his interpretations of the people of New York. The exhibition will cover beach scenes taken at Brighton Beach and at Coney Island, and display some of his fashion features, along with a glimpse of New York nightlife from the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1978, American Vogue featured an eight-page spread of Borodulin’s photographs and that same year he began a tumultuous brief romance with the model, Gia Carangi. The following year, Alexander moved to France and signed a contract with the France Soir magazine. His photographs also appeared in publications such as Sports Illustrated, Time, L’Officiel, Marie Claire, Zoom, Photo Review, and Modern Photography. Borodulin returned to Moscow in 1989, on an assignment from Playboy Magazine to photograph the Women of Russia feature, which would become a collector’s item in both America and Russia when it was published in February 1990. 

Sergey Maximishin: Siberia, December 4, 2013 - January 18, 2014

 Nailya Alexander Gallery is proud to present Sergey Maximishin: SIBERIA, the photographer’s first solo exhibition in New York, opening on Wednesday, December 4th, 6-8pm, at the Fuller Building, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704 (corner of Madison Avenue). The exhibition will run through January 18th, 2014. Gallery hours are 11am-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.

Sergey Maximishin (b.1964), an important Russian photojournalist, grew up in the Crimea (Kerch, Ukraine). He served in the Soviet army as a photographer with the Soviet Military Force Group in Cuba from 1985 to 1987. In 1991, he graduated from the Leningrad Politechnical Institute with a B.A. in physics and in 1998 he finished the St. Petersburg Faculty of Photojournalism. From 1999 to 2003, he was a staff photographer for the newspaper, Izvestia. Since 2003, Maximishin collaborates with the German agency Focus. His photographs have been published in TimeNewsweekParoolLiberation,The Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalStern, and Business Week, among other publications.

Sergey Maximishin won World Press Photo awards in 2004 and 2006.  His book, The Last Empire: 20 Years Later, was published by Leonid Gusev and Mila Sidorenko Editions, in 2007.

At the opening we will host a special presentation of the book SIBERIA: In the Eyes of Russian Photographers by Leah Bendavid-Val. Published by Prestel, SIBERIA is a landmark book that  looks at how Russians have photographed their own vast, still mysterious East. Bendavid-Val draws on Russian literature and history to place in context the photography she has gathered over a decade. With 176 illustrations this book brings rarely seen and previously unpublished Russian photography to the West for the first time.


George Tice: 60 Years of Photography

Nailya Alexander Gallery celebrates the 75th birthday of renowned American photographer George Tice with the exhibition, "George Tice: 60 years of Photography," opening on Wednesday, September 18th, 6-8pm, at the Fuller Building, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704 (corner of Madison Avenue). The exhibition will run through November 5th, 2013. Gallery hours are 11am-6pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.

Exhibited internationally, George Tice’s work is represented in over one hundred museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Newark Museum. George Tice’s first show in New York was at the Underground Gallery in 1965. In 1972, he had a one-man show Paterson, New Jersey at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The International Center of Photography exhibited George Tice: Urban Landscapes in 2002.

Tice has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Media Museum (UK), the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as commissions from the Field Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and MoMA.

He has published seventeen books, including the following that are available at the gallery: Fields of Peace (1998), George Tice: Selected Photographs, 1953-1999 (2001), Lincoln (1984), Hometowns, An American Pilgrimage (1988), Stone Walls, Grey Skies, A Vision of Yorkshire (1993), George Tice: Urban Landscapes (2002), Common Mementos (2005), Paterson II (2006), Ticetown (2007), and Seacoast Maine (2009). His forthcoming collection, Seldom Seen, will contain one hundred previously unpublished photographs in book form and will be released at the gallery opening.

Our exhibition will take place in conjunction with the exhibitions Seeing Beyond the Moment: The Photographic Legacy and Gifts of George Tice at the Newark Museum (September 18, 2013- February 2, 2014) and Without Adornment: Photographs by George Tice (September 9 – December 13, 2013) at William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.

For more information about the exhibition please contact the gallery at ore 212-315-2211.

Jane Hilton: Precious, June 13- July 13, 2013

 Nailya Alexander Gallery presents “Precious,” an exhibition of fourteen color photographs from Jane Hilton’s recent project documenting working girls in assorted Nevada brothels. The exhibition will run from June 13th through July 13th  2013 at 41 E 57th Street, Suite 704. Gallery hours are from 11am to 6pm, Tuesday through Saturday. The opening reception for the artist will be held on June 12th from 6 to 8pm.  

In 2000, the BBC commissioned Hilton to make “Love for Sale,” a series of ten documentaries on Nevada’s legalized prostitution. In 2010, she decided to return with her plate camera to create intimate nude portraits of these girls who represent different cultural backgrounds and a variety of age groups. Hilton visited eleven brothels, including Madam Kitty’s Cathouse and Moonlite Bunny Ranch. She was able to capture her models’ dignity and strength of character while delicately challenging the societal notion of beauty and the stereotypical taboo associated with prostitution. Her entire study and detailed stories are documented in the book with the same title, “Precious,” which will be released by Schilt Publishing this month.

Jane Hilton, photographer and filmmaker, lives in London. Among her past projects exploring various aspects of American culture are “Dead Eagle Trail” (2006-2009), “God Bless America” (1994-2002), and “All Lit Up” (1999-2000). Jane Hilton’s work can be found in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her photographs are regularly published in The Sunday Times Magazine and The Telegraph Magazine