Robert Frank - Photographs New York Monday, July 13, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Miami

  • Literature

    The Americans, no. 10
    Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans, pp. xviii, 290, 478, 479, Contact no. 65
    U.S. Camera Annual, 1958, p. 91
    Frank, Robert Frank: Story Lines, p. 206

  • Catalogue Essay

    As Frank traveled the country taking photographs ultimately included in The Americans, he focused on both quotidian and archetypal aspects of the culture. Cowboys are among the most enduring and distinctly American archetypes, and they appear in several of the book’s images. Frank defies our expectations for this western icon in Rodeo, New York City, in which its subject laconically strikes a classic pose and lights a cigarette on the busy streets of Manhattan.

  • 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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Rodeo - New York City

Gelatin silver print, printed 1977.
12 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (31.1 x 21 cm)
Signed, titled 'NYC' and dated '1955' in ink in the margin; 'Robert Frank Archive' stamp on the verso.

$30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for $40,000

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Sarah Krueger
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New York Auction 13 July 2020