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America Without the Dream but with Compassion   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Robert Frank, Laura Israel at Stedelijk Museum November 19th, 2015 7:15 PM - 9:30 PM
Posted 11/3/15
Even 30 years later, you cannot feel but sorry for the poor French TV journalist who interviewed Robert Frank in 1984. He must have been quite happy before filming—he had succeeded where most important magazines and newspapers had failed: actually securing an interview with the most influential photographer alive. But everything goes awry right from the start. “I hate these fucking interviews,” is the first thing that comes out of Frank’s mouth. Lots of expletives follow, plus an explanation:... [more]
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A Good, Long Look   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Thomas Demand, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Walker Evans, Harun Farocki, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Chip Lord, Oliver Lutz, Bruce Nauman, Helmut Newton, Man Ray, Thomas Ruff, Paul Strand, Weegee at SFMOMA - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art October 30th, 2010 - April 17th, 2011
Posted 11/1/10
      SFMOMA’s sprawling new photography survey, turns the high powered gaze of the camera onto itself, exploring over a century of peeping, spying, monitoring, snooping and all other forms of illicit looking facilitated by the handy-dandy technology of the lens. It’s an impressively researched archive of images that is as prescient as it might be paranoid. And like most brilliant exhibits, it elaborates on a simple historical premise: the invention of the gelatin dry plate which... [more]
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Camera as Co-Conspirator   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Eugène Atget, Herbert Bayer, Hans Bellmer, Constantin Brancusi, Brassaï, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Claude Cahun, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Robert Gober, David Goldblatt, Rachel Harrison, Hannah Höch, André Kertész, Bruce Nauman, Charles Nègre, Man Ray, Gillian Wearing, Fischli & Weiss, Hannah Wilke, Iwao Yamawaki at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) August 1st, 2010 - November 1st, 2010
Posted 8/15/10
        MoMA's "The Original Copy: Photography and Sculpture" in a way feels more like a free-for-all mash-up of associations and juxtapositions than a focused thesis, a stream of consciousness collection of various intersections of photography and sculpture.  There is a remarkable absence of a prescribed formulation to follow, and the subject is explored rather through various themes and practices, stirring groupings and somewhat abrupt shifts of logic.  This lack results not in a confused... [more]
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Peering in at Robert Frank   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Robert Frank at The Metropolitan Museum of Art September 22nd, 2009 - January 3rd, 2010
Posted 11/1/09
When Robert Frank’s controversial book of photographs, The Americans, first came out in the late 1950’s, in France and the US, it was the result of two years of Kerouac-style exploration on the back roads of American life. Fueled by a hefty Guggenheim grant, Swiss-born Frank traveled across the country like his literary counterparts, the Beats, training his camera on what might seem like inconsequential moments in his adopted country – a group of men waiting by their cars at a funeral in the... [more]
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The Making of The Americans   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Robert Frank at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. June 14th, 2009 - October 19th, 2009
Posted 8/3/09
“Robert Frank, Swiss, unobtrusive, nice, with that little camera that he raises and snaps with one hand he sucked a sad poem right out of America,” wrote Jack Kerouac about Frank’s landmark photo essay, The Americans, a selection from which is currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art at California Plaza. Initiated by curators Rebecca Morse and Corrina Peipon in honor of the fiftieth-anniversary series and drawn from MoCA’s permanent collection, after all these years I can’t help... [more]
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A Sad Poem of America   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Robert Frank at Jeu de Paume January 20th, 2009 - March 22nd, 2009
Posted 1/25/09
        At Jeu de Paume, Robert Frank's is presented in its entirety, in the order in which Frank specified for the seminal monograph.  It would almost seem like there's hardly any point, then, to slog along in a queue of people to see the work on the wall as the book itself is available for perusal on the benches in the gallery.  However, if you are familiar with the book it might still be worth a second look, as many prints in the series were actually cropped by the editors and didn't... [more]
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On the Road   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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verda alexander, Eleanor Antin, Jane Benson, Val Britton, Jeff Brouws, C5, Margarita Cabrera, Sophie Calle, Steven Deo, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Candace Plummer Guadiani, Gilbert Guerrero, Charles LaBelle, Dorothea Lange, Roger Minick, Wright Morris, Catherine Opie, Sasha Petrenko, Kathleen Quillian, Lordy Rodriguez, Ed Ruscha, Gregory Shephard, Tracey Snelling, Indigo Som, Zoe Sonenberg, Amy Stein, Joseph Wilhelm, Sandra Wong at San Jose Museum of Art September 19th, 2008 - January 25th, 2009
Posted 12/28/08
  There's something undeniably, seductively about the concept of the road trip. The phrase necessarily conjures images of vast expanses of land, endless open roads, lonely pit-stop diners, and garish neon motel signs forever winking VACANT into the night—images all uniquely American. It's no wonder; qualities inherited from our pioneering predecessors—a (sub)conscious desire to embrace uncertainty, pursue possibility, seek the unknown, and, of course, to be free—find perfect expression in the... [more]
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Social Commentary in a Snapshot   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Diane Arbus, Lewis Baltz, Harry Callahan, Paul Caponigro, Larry Clark, Joe Deal, Tom Drysdale, Mary Ellen Mark, Walker Evans, Louis Faurer, Larry Fink, Robert Frank, Leonard Freed, Lee Friedlander, Ralph Gibson, Bruce Gilden, John Gossage, Ken Graves, Charles Harbutt, Kenneth Josephson, William Klein, Les Krims, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Ray K. Metzker, Duane Michals, Bill Owens, Jeffrey K. Silverthorne, Arthur Tress, Jerry Uelsmann, Burk Uzzle, Joel-Peter Witkin at Bibliothèque nationale de France - François-Mitterrand October 29th, 2008 - January 25th, 2009
Posted 11/16/08
showcases 320 works by major photographers from the seventies, presenting to a French audience the liberal, raunchy and sometimes shocking American culture from this era. The so-called “choc/shock” begins with one room devoted to the “pioneers,” whose socially committed photographs reveals raw, unsophisticated edges of American culture during the 1930s. There, Walker Evans’ influential photographs of the American Depression dating from 1936 are organized in a set of six, including the... [more]
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