Robert Frank - The Odyssey of Collecting: Photographs from Joy of Giving Something Foundation New York Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
    Acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1986
    Sotheby's, New York, Important Photographs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Including Works from the Gilman Paper Company Collection, 15 February 2006, lot 106

  • Literature

    The Americans, no. 79
    Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, pp. 305, 482, contact no. 79
    Galassi, Robert Frank: In America, p. 152
    Green, American Photography: A Critical History, 1945 to the Present, p. 89

  • 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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Gelatin silver print, printed circa 1977.
14 1/8 x 9 3/4 in. (35.9 x 24.8 cm)
Signed in ink in the margin; 'The Metropolitan Museum of Art' circular collection stamp on the verso.

$25,000 - 35,000 

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The Odyssey of Collecting: Photographs from Joy of Giving Something Foundation

New York 3 October 2017