Brian Graham: Robert Frank at 7 Bleecker Street, 1981. |
Vintage silver gelatin print
Paper Size: 9 3/8 x 13 5/8 in.
Signed, titled and dated with artist's stamp on verso
This image appears in the catalogue, Robert Frank. Fotografias/Films 1948-1984
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Hailing from Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Brian Graham first sought out Robert Frank after reading about him while working in the oil fields around Grand Prairie, Alberta in the mid-70s. As they got to know one another, Frank encouraged Graham to move to New York. Once situated in Manhattan's East Village, Graham began to do much of Frank's printing. In his own work he took portraits of many of the the Beat generation artists and poets who were then in their "twilight years": Alan Ginsberg, Harry Smith, Peter Orlovsky, Gregory Corso, Herbert Huncke, and others. His portraits of Frank, though, with their candid intimacy and directness will surely be acknowledged as the definitive portraits a notoriously recalcitrant artist.
As Luc Sante wrote for a 2005 Portuguese catalogue of his work, "Brian Graham's eye has captured [the Beats] and their contemporaries of that period (see below): the fierce grandeur of Robert Frank--still going strong--who gave America an image of itself composed of indeterminacy, heartbreak, and an almost mystical beauty...Some of their younger shades appear, too, such as Tom Waits (looking as young hear as he sounds ageless on record), and then you see a further generation waiting on a stoop on St. Mark's Place for some kind of transcendental bus."
Unmatted. Excellent condition with no surface flaws.