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  • Provenance

    Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, 1995

  • Literature

    The Americans, no. 10
    Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans, pp. 221, 463, Contact no. 10
    Eskildsen, Robert Frank: HOLD STILL_keep going, p. 82, variant

  • Catalogue Essay

    “That crazy feeling in America when the sun is hot on the streets and the music comes out of the jukebox . . . that’s what Robert Frank has captured.”
    -Jack Kerouac, Introduction, The Americans

    Robert Frank punctuated his seminal 1958 book The Americans with resonant visual motifs repeated strategically throughout: among them the American flag, the automobile, and, as in the image offered here, the jukebox. The jukebox was a feature of the American cultural landscape that Frank encountered again and again in his cross-country travels, no matter what the region: in Candy Store, 86th Street, it is a jukebox in Manhattan, surrounded by teenagers; in Beaufort, South Carolina, a jukebox in a Southern café, a baby crawling on the floor. The Western jukebox in Bar—Las Vegas pictures a man and machine in profile, and in Bar—New York City, the glowing jukebox takes up nearly the entire height of the frame. In Frank’s photographs, we see the “hydrogen jukebox” of Allen Ginsburg’s 1956 poem, Howl.

    In 1950s America, the jukebox was a ubiquitous presence in bars, restaurants, and diners. With their sleek curves and glowing facades, they were undeniably photogenic. From jukeboxes came the pulsating new sounds of rock-and-roll: a congregation of teenagers crowding around this music machine, as in Candy Store, 86th Street, could not have been more quintessentially American. For Frank, a room with a jukebox was fertile territory to riff on this theme.

    An additional print of this image is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

  • Artist Biography

    Robert Frank

    Swiss • 1924

    As one of the leading visionaries of mid-century American photography, Robert Frank has created an indelible body of work, rich in insight and poignant in foresight. In his famed series The Americans, Frank travelled the United States, capturing the parade of characters, hierarchies and imbalances that conveyed his view of the great American social landscape.

    Frank broke the mold of what was considered successful documentary photography with his "snapshot aesthetic." It is Frank's portrayal of the United States through grit and grain that once brought his work to the apex of criticism, but has now come to define the art of documentary photography.

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New York City Candy Store, 86th Street

Gelatin silver print.
8 1/8 x 12 in. (20.6 x 30.5 cm)
Signed, titled and dated in ink on the verso.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $75,000

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The Odyssey of Collecting: Photographs from Joy of Giving Something Foundation, Part 1

New York 3 April 2017