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Review: Nicholas Nixon: Self & City at Fraenkel Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Updated: Monday, January 13, 2014

The city and the individual figure exist as polar extremes in much modern fiction and social thought. So Fraenkel's current shuffle of pictures from Nicholas Nixon's series "Self" and "City" makes immediate sense, with its contrast of flesh and stone (and mirroring glass).

Possibly no one would recognize Nixon from his cropped black-and-white self-portraits. A super close-up of his mustache and stubbled chin - "Self (15), Brookline" (2008) - looks as much like a Muppet as a man. The radical disjunction in spatial structure evokes the dilemma of such a creature trying to know its place in such an environment.

Read the complete review in The San Francisco Chronicle.

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