Robert Frank - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gift from the artist to the present owner, 1989

  • Literature

    The Americans, no. 58
    Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, pp. 281, 476, Contact no. 58
    Akron Art Museum, Robert Frank and American Politics, p. 18
    Aperture, Robert Frank, frontispiece
    Greenough and Brookman, Robert Frank: Moving Out, pp. 129, 180
    Tucker and Brookman, Robert Frank: New York to Nova Scotia, p. 33
    Gee, Photography of the Fifties, cover, p. 156
    Green, American Photography, A Critical History, 1945 to the Present, p. 79
    Kismaric, American Politicians: Photographs from 1843 to 1993, p. 151
    Newhall, The History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present Day, p. 200
    Szarkowski, Looking at Photographs, pp. 176-177
    Szarkowski, The Photographer's Eye, p. 152

  • Catalogue Essay

    "My photographs are not planned or composed in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on his mind, something has been accomplished." - Robert Frank

  • 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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Photographs from a Private Collection, New York


Chicago-Political Rally

Gelatin silver print, printed circa 1986.
9 x 6 in. (22.9 x 15.2 cm)
Signed, titled and dated in ink in the margin.

$30,000 - 50,000 

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New York Auction 1 October 2019