Robert Frank - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 4, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lunn Gallery, Washington D.C.

  • Literature

    Aperture, The Americans, 1969, pl. 32 for a variant cropping; Delpire, Les Américains, 1968, pl. 32; Grove Press, The Americans, 1968, pl. 32; National Gallery of Art, Washington/ Steidl, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, 2009, p. 248, pl. 32; National Gallery of Art, Washington, Robert Frank: Moving Out, p. 186; Pantheon, The Americans, 1986, pl. 32 for a variant cropping; Scalo/DAP, The Americans, 1995, pl. 32 for a variant cropping; Steidl, The Americans, 1998, pl. 32 for a variant cropping; Weski and Liesbrock, How You Look at It: Photographs of the 20th Century, p. 207 there titled U.S. 91, leaving Blackfoot, Idaho

  • 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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On US 91

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
8 x 11 7/8 in. (20.3 x 30.2 cm).
Signed, titled and dated in ink in the margin; annotated 'The Americans 32 U.S. 91, leaving Black-Foot Idaho' and '800' in pencil, copyright credit, reproduction limitation and Robert Frank Archive stamps on the verso.

$18,000 - 22,000 

Sold for $25,000


4 October 2011
New York