New York 1974

New York 1974, Portfolio of 10 c-prints


James Nares
New York 1974, printed 2013
portfolio of 10 c-prints
16 x 20 inches
40.6 x 50.8 cm
Edition of 25 






JAMES NARES (born in 1954, London, UK; lives and works in New York) seeks to capture the moment of creation within the mediums of painting, sculpture, drawing and film. They are most frequently made in a single brushstroke, recording a gestural passage of time and motion across the canvas. Using brushes of his own design, he repeatedly creates and erases his strokes, over and over again, until he feels he has made one that represents a precision of balance between intent and improvisation. His work is included in a number of public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. In 2008, Anthology Film Archives hosted a complete retrospective of his films and videos. In Spring 2014, Rizzoli published the first monograph dedicated to James Nares’s work in all media over the last four decades.

"I took these photos in 1974, when I had just arrived in New York at 21 years old. Upon arrival in New York, I was immediately fascinated by the streets. I carried my 35 mm Nikon camera with me at all times. I was particularly drawn to the environment of my neighborhood, TriBeCa. At that time it was a ghost town, with dilapidated buildings neglected after businesses had crumbled. I chose these ten photographs because they capture time and place. This selection of photos emerged from a cache of negatives I recently unearthed; they hadn't seen the light of day since I took them. Looking back through the film, I was pleased to find the themes I explore in my current works - most notably STREET and even my new body of paintings, ROAD PAINT – are reflected in these early photographs." 

James Nares, 2013