Newburgh, New York

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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Lunn Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1980

  • Literature

    The Americans, no. 40
    Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans, pp. 259, 472, 478, Contact no. 40
    Phillips, The American Century: Art & Culture, 1950-2000, p. 80
    Evergreen Review, vol. 1, no. 4, 1957, cover
    'A Pageant Portfolio: One Man's U. S. A.,' Pageant, April 1958, p. 29
    U. S. Camera Annual, 1958, p. 114

  • Catalogue Essay

    Much of Robert Frank’s work for his seminal book The Americans was produced in reaction to the sanitized view of America found in picture magazines of the day. On his Guggenheim-funded travels he focused on those aspects of America not addressed in LIFE magazine—the interstitial aspects of American life that, to Frank, made the country truly distinctive. Biker culture was one such focus, and The Americans contains two images relating to the subject: that of an African-American couple astride a Harley Davidson in Indianapolis (The Americans, no. 82), and the photograph offered here, taken at a motorcycle rally in Newburgh, New York. Bikers and bike culture would prove to be fertile subject matter for filmmakers, photographers, and writers as diverse as Kenneth Anger, Danny Lyon, Hunter S. Thompson, and Peter Fonda. Frank’s treatment of the subject predates them all.

    Newburgh, New York became the first photograph from Frank’s Guggenheim project to be published in the United States when it appeared on the cover of the new literary magazine Evergreen Review in 1957.

  • Artist Bio

    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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Newburgh, New York

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
12 1/4 x 8 1/8 in. (31.1 x 20.6 cm)
Signed and dated in ink in the margin; signed, dated in ink, 'Robert Frank Archive' and copyright stamps on the verso.

$60,000 - 80,000 

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Sarah Krueger
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New York Auction 14 October 2020