• Photographs auction at Christies

    Sale 2304


    15 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 353

    ROBERT FRANK (B. 1924)

    Andrea, Mary and Pablo, Texas, 1955 (triptych)

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    ROBERT FRANK (B. 1924)
    Andrea, Mary and Pablo, Texas, 1955 (triptych)
    gelatin silver print, printed 1970s
    signed, titled, dated '1956' and annotated '- last page of THE AMERICANS -' in ink (in the margin); inscribed 'In Boston For Fernando' in ink (on the verso)
    2¾ x 12 3/8in. (7 x 31.5cm.)

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    'I told you to wait in the car' say people in America so Robert sneaks around and photographs little kids waiting in the car, whether three little boys in a motorama limousine, ompious & opiful, or poor little kids can't keep their eyes open on Route 90 Texas at 4 A.M. as dad goes to the bushes and stretches. Jack Kerouac from his Introduction to The Americans.
    While preparing the 20th anniversary edition of his book The Americans, Robert Frank added this triptych after the last image in the book as a coda. These are the last three frames on the same strip of film as U.S. 90, en route to Del Rio, Texas. His children have awakened and their journey continues---life goes on.


    From the artist:
    To Fernando Garzoni;
    by descent to a Private Collection;
    Phillips de Pury and Company, October 17, 2007, lot 109


    Frank, The Americans, Aperture, 1978, [pl. 84], p. 179, and in subsequent editions by various publishers through 2000.