27 April 2018

Robert Frank Exhibition at Hamiltons Gallery, London

'Parade Hoboken' New Jersey 1955. from 'The Americans' by Robert Frank/ Image courtesy of  Lens Culture

Hamiltons Gallery in London is currently exhibiting Robert Frank's photographs until the 11th May, 2018. The exhibition will focus on a selection of exceptional and rarely seen Robert Frank prints, including pictures from Frank's influential visit to a coal-mining village in Wales, 1953. They appear alongside a selection of prints from his temporary stays in London, Paris and America, taken during the 1950s and early '60s. Frank's pursuit of a new form of expressionism through poetic, narrative photography is a common motif, as seen throughout the exhibition.

The photographer is considered one of the most influential figures in the history of the art form and, in fact, it was Jack Kerouac who first defined Frank as a genius. It was during the 1960s that Frank found fame, through his ground breaking book 'The Americans'.  The series offers a significant insight into America's cultural and social conditions during the era. Many critics responded with mixed reviews, due to its new approach to capturing society. However, it did not take long for his work to be taken seriously and still continues to be an important part of 20th century art history.

London 1951 by Robert Frank. Image courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery

Robert Frank. Valuing The Image Over The Object - The New York Times. Robert Frank, Welsh Miners, 1953. Image courtesy of Pinterest

'Trolly'- New Orleans 1955. From 'The Americans' by Robert Frank. Image courtesy of Lens Culture Lens Culture

Contact Sheet from 'The Americans' 1955. Printed 1970s © Robert Frank, courtesy Pace/Macgill Gallery, New York. License this image. Image courtesy of The Tate
Tesuque. N,M., 1955, Printed 1978, by Robert Frank. Image courtesy of Hamiltons Gallery

If after the exhibition, you are feeling inspired by the past, then why not head to Grays where you will see an electric mix of items waiting to be discovered. Here are some of our favourite pieces this week..

1950s/1960s 18 Carat bracelet. Over 38 Carat Platinum Aquamarine Stones with 2.1 Carats of Diamonds. Available from Diem

A Large Silver Circa 1960s Ring Set Piece with Natural Aquamarine . Available from Spectrum

 1950s/1960s, Silver Bangle with hinge design. Available from Westminster Group

A very 1960s Design Ring. 0.25 of a diamond, with 15 Carat White Gold. Available from Alexandra Engagement Rings

1950s Blue Fabric Bag. Available from Linda Bee

Circa 1960s 18 Carat Gold Concave Brooch. 7 Carats of Diamonds.  Available from Diem

Circa 1960s, Silver Moonstone Ring. Available from Westminster Group
Circa 1950s/1960s Bracelet, with 14 Carat Swiss Gold.  22.1 Grams, 2 Carats of Diamonds. Available from Diem

1950s/1960s Graphics inscribed 'Evening in Paris' Perfume, Soap and Bath Salts in Box . (Note the inside of the box is illustrated in the photo below.)  Available from Linda Bee

1950s/1960s Graphics inscribed  'Evening in Paris' Perfume, Soap and Bath Salts in Box. Available from Linda Bee

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