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Time and Again

A new exhibition spotlights Nicholas Nixon’s preoccupation with the elusive passage of time.

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Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, New Canaan, Connecticut, 1975. © the artist and courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

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Nicholas Nixon, View of Essex Street, Near the Massachusetts Turnpike, Boston, 1976. © the artist and courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

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Nicholas Nixon, Hyannis, Massachusetts, 1978. © the artist and courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

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Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, Truro, Massachusetts, 1984. © the artist and courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

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Nicholas Nixon, Covington, Kentucky, 1982. © the artist and courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

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Nicholas Nixon, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1982. © the artist and courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

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Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, Concord, Massachusetts, 1992. © the artist and courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

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Nicholas Nixon, Sam, St. Maries de la Mar, France, 1997. © the artist and courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

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Nicholas Nixon, View of Boston Common, 2002. © the artist and courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

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Nicholas Nixon, The Brown Sisters, Truro, Massachusetts, 2016. © the artist and courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

In large-format, yet intimately scaled black and-white photographs, Nicholas Nixon has documented his wife and her three sisters since 1975, in four decades of annual portraits. The new exhibition Persistence of Vision presents The Brown Sisters in its entirety, punctuated by images taken by Nixon in the corresponding years of each photograph. Coupling his long-term series with scenes of landscapes, rural poverty, and city life in Boston, where he is based, the exhibition underscores Nixon’s constant preoccupation with the elusive passages of time.

Nicholas Nixon: Persistence of Vision is on view at the ICA, Boston, December 13, 2017–April 22, 2018.

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