Robert Frank - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Kicken, Berlin

  • 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, 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 Insurance Building - New York City

Gelatin silver print, probably printed circa 1960.
12 5/8 x 8 3/8 in. (32.1 x 21.3 cm)
Signed, titled 'Twenty-Third Street, Manhattan' and dated in ink in the margin; signed in ink within the copyright credit stamp, titled and annotated 'Americans 27 / Archive 1022' in an unidentified hand in pencil on the verso.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $27,500

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New York Auction 8 October 2015