Robert Frank - Photographs New York Thursday, April 4, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Japan

  • Literature

    The Americans, no. 36
    Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, pp. 253, 469, 470, Contact no. 36
    Pantheon, Robert Frank: The Lines of my Hand, n.p.
    'The Highway: Four Photographs by Robert Frank,' Current, November 1960, p. 33
    U. S. Camera, 1958, p. 100

  • Catalogue Essay

    Additional prints of this image are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

  • 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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US 285, New Mexico

Gelatin silver print, probably printed in the 1960s.
13 1/8 x 8 3/4 in. (33.3 x 22.2 cm)
Signed, titled and dated in ink in the margin; 'Robert Frank Archive' and copyright credit stamps on the verso.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $187,500

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New York Auction 4 April 2019