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

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  • Provenance

    LIGHT Gallery, New York; Phillips de Pury & Luxembourg, 26 April 2003, lot 131

  • Exhibited

    The Art of Photography: 150 Years, 1839-1939: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 11 February - 30 April 1989; Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 17 June - 27 August 1989; Royal Academy of Arts, London, 23 September - 23 December 1989; The Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Karuizawa, 3 March - 1 April 1990

  • Literature

    Aperture, The Americans, 1969, pl. 27 for a variant; Delpire, Les Américains, 1968, pl. 27; Grove Press, The Americans, 1968, pl. 27; National Gallery of Art, Washington/ Steidl, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, 2009, p. 241, pl. 27; Pantheon, The Americans, 1986, pl. 27 for a variant; Scalo/DAP, The Americans, 1992 pl. 27 for a variant; Steidl, The Americans, 2008, pl. 27 for a variant

  • 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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Metropolitan Life Insurane Building - New York City

Gelatin silver print, printed 1973.
13 1/4 x 8 7/8 in. (33.7 x 22.5 cm).
Signed and dated '1954-1973' in ink on the verso.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $62,500


4 October 2011
New York