Lot 118
  • 118

Robert Frank

30,000 - 50,000 USD
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  • Robert Frank
  • Untitled (Chicago Loop)
  • Gelatin silver print
flush-mounted to Masonite, signed and dedicated 'For Robert Delpire from his Friend Robert Frank' in ink and with Museum of Modern Art loan and exhibition labels, with typed credit, title, medium, and exhibition and accession numbers, on the reverse, 1959


The photographer to Robert Delpire


New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Photographs by Harry Callahan and Robert Frank, January - April 1962


Robert Frank, The Lines of My Hand (New York, 1989), unpaginated (variant cropping)

Peter Galassi, Robert Frank in America (Göttingen, 2014), p. 144 (variant cropping)

Catalogue Note

This print was included in the 1962 exhibition Photographs by Harry Callahan and Robert Frank at The Museum of Modern Art.  Although several of his photographs had been exhibited at the Museum in three previous group shows, the 1962 joint exhibition was the most significant and complete showing of Frank’s work to date, with 85 photographs on display. 

Robert Frank gave this print to Robert Delpire, the influential French publisher, writer, curator, gallerist, and filmmaker.  Known for his encouragement and promotion of, and friendships with, many of the 20th century’s photographic luminaries— among them Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassaï, Josef Koudelka, William Klein, Duane Michals, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, and Sarah Moon—Delpire was the first to publish an extensive body of photographs by Robert Frank.  In 1952, he reproduced many of Frank’s Peruvian photographs in his journal, Neuf, as well as in the volume From Incas to Indios, alongside those of Werner Bischof and Pierre Verger. Delpire is most notably responsible for the first publication of the book that became known as The Americans.  Les Américains was published in 1958, a year before it appeared in print in the United States.  In both editions, it is one of the most influential books of photography ever published.