Robert Frank - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 1, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    Green, American Photography: A Critical History 1945-Present, p. 169
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, p. 250
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Robert Frank: Moving Out, p. 187
    Scalo, The Americans, pl. 34
    Szarkowski, The Photographer's Eye, p. 26

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I seek to portray Americans as they live at present. Their every day and their Sunday, their realism and dream. The look of their cities, towns and highways..."
    -Robert Frank

    Please reference the beginning of the afternoon session (lot 140) for an essay on this collection.

  • 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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Covered Car— Long Beach, California

Gelatin silver print, printed 1970s.
9 1/4 x 14 in. (23.5 x 35.6 cm)
Signed in ink in the margin.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $75,000

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New York 30 September & 1 October 2013