Robert Frank

American, 1924–2019

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Robert Frank

American, 1924–2019

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One of the most acclaimed photographers of the 20th century, Robert Frank is best known for his seminal book The Americans, featuring photographs taken by the artist in the mid-1950s as he traveled across the U.S. on a Guggenheim fellowship. These photographs feature glimpses of highways, cars, parades, jukeboxes, and diners as iconic symbols of America while simultaneously suggesting an underlying sense of alienation and hardship. Frank’s loose, casual approach often generated blurred imagery and tilted horizons, causing his photographic style to be as controversial as his subject matter. In the 1950s, Frank was a regular contributor to Harper’s Bazaar, but later turned his focus from still images to filmmaking, creating classics of American subculture such as Pull My Daisy (1959).

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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High auction record
$664k, Christie's, 2013
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Solo show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 5 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
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Tate, and 2 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
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Whitney Biennial
Biography

One of the most acclaimed photographers of the 20th century, Robert Frank is best known for his seminal book The Americans, featuring photographs taken by the artist in the mid-1950s as he traveled across the U.S. on a Guggenheim fellowship. These photographs feature glimpses of highways, cars, parades, jukeboxes, and diners as iconic symbols of America while simultaneously suggesting an underlying sense of alienation and hardship. Frank’s loose, casual approach often generated blurred imagery and tilted horizons, causing his photographic style to be as controversial as his subject matter. In the 1950s, Frank was a regular contributor to Harper’s Bazaar, but later turned his focus from still images to filmmaking, creating classics of American subculture such as Pull My Daisy (1959).

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$664k, Christie's, 2013
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 5 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 14 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
Articles Featuring Robert Frank
10 Unforgettable Artists Who Died in 2019
Dec 27th, 2019
10 Photographers Who Captured the Spirit of New Orleans
May 18th, 2016
10 Photographers Who Captured the Grit and Glamour of L.A.
Apr 1st, 2016
Americana: If You Love Robert Frank...
Jul 5th, 2013
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