1924 - 2019
ELEVATOR, MIAMI BEACH HOTEL, 1955
tirage argentique grand format tiré probablement vers 1970
signé, titré et daté à l'encre dans la marge
annotations au crayon au verso
étiquettes Bloom Collection et Pace Wildenstein MacGill au dos du cadre
oversized silver print, probably printed circa 1970
signed, titled and dated in ink in the margin
annotations in pencil on the reverse
Bloom Collection and Pace Wildenstein MacGill labels on the reverse on the frame
12 ½ x 18 in.; 31,8 x 45,8 cm
This silver print is in overall excellent condition with good tones and contrasts. Heavy double weight paper. Negative visible. Corners very lightly bumped, a couple of tiny edge chips, one half moon handling crease near upper right corner and two soft vertical creases along upper and bottom right edge, all of which away from image and only visible in raking light. A small deposit of original retouching in the elevator door area, only visible in raking light.
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Pace / MacGill, New-York, 1998
The Ruth and Jake Bloom Collection
Robert Frank, The Americans (New York, 1959), pl. 44
Robert Frank, The Lines of My Hand (New York, 1972), n. pag. with ill.
Sarah Greenough/Philip Brookman (ed.), Robert Frank. Moving Out, exhib. cat. National Gallery of Art, Washington et autres (Washington, 1994), ill. p. 191
Philip Brookman (ed.), Robert Frank. Story Lines, exhib. cat. (Tate Modern, London et al., London, 2004), n. pag, ill.
Peter Galassi (ed.), Robert Frank in America, exhib. cat. Iris & Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts (Stanford University, Stanford, Göttingen, 2014), ill. p. 58
'Miami Beach Hotel' (Elevator) is one of the scarcest photographs from The Americans. This print is distinguished by its impressive size, and by the fact that it shows a greater expanse of the negative than published versions.
"That little ole lonely elevator girl looking up sighing in an elevator full of blurred demons, what's her name & address?
Jack Kerouac, introduction to Robert Frank's book 'The Americans'.