Nicholas Nixon - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Cronin Gallery, Houston

  • Literature

    The Museum of Modern Art, Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, n.p.
    The Museum of Modern Art, Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters: Forty Years, n.p.
    The Museum of Modern Art, Nicholas Nixon: Pictures of People, pp. 93-97
    Lange, Degrees of Stillness: Photographs from the Manfred Heiting Collection, pp. 89-91
    Windsor, The Family, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    “These pictures grew out of my curiosity about and admiration for this band of beautiful, strong women, who first let me into their lives, then allowed me to try making one picture, then joined me in a tradition, an annual rite of passage.”
    -Nicholas Nixon

    In 1975, Nicholas Nixon said “just give me what you’ve got” and turned his lens on his wife Bebe and her three sisters, Mimi, Laurie, and Heather—the four Brown Sisters. First taken during a weekend visit to Bebe’s parent’s home in Connecticut, the annual series continues today, collectively showing an intimate family portrait, the bonds of sisterhood, and a visual marker for the passage of time. The Selected Images on offer represent the first 5 portraits from this ongoing body of work. Complete sets of the portraits are in the collections of The National Gallery of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; George Eastman House, Rochester; MAPFRE, Madrid; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others.


Selected Images of the Brown Sisters

Five gelatin silver prints.
Each 7 5/8 x 9 5/8 in. (19.4 x 24.4 cm)
Each signed, titled and dated in pencil on the verso.

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $17,500

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Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs

Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Deputy Chairman, Americas

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New York 3 October 2017