Allen Frame

Art in America

June 1, 2010

Frame’s images appear stripped down and radical in both their suspension of narrative drive and absence of overtly biographical impulses, yet they are deeply personal.
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Allen Frame Press: The New Yorker, September 14, 2009 - Vince Aletti

The New Yorker

September 14, 2009 - Vince Aletti

Frame’s big, handsome color photographs of friends and lovers are not unlike the black-and-white images he’s shown previously; they’re subtle, intimate, and often quite dark, with a painterly feel for the chiaroscuro effects of shadow and light. But color, nearly always burnished by the sun, adds warmth to the work and draws us deeper into the circumscribed spaces he uses to frame his subjects. Most of them are alone in a dimly lit room, sometimes no more than silhouettes before a window, and even when they’re outdoors they appear delineated by landscape or architecture, in a style that recalls David Hockney. Frame also shares Hockney’s sense of casual refinement, but he adds a bright spark of erotic possibility to temper the darkness.

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Allen Frame Press: The Village Voice, June  1, 2005

The Village Voice

June 1, 2005

Dark, brooding, intimate, elegantly sexy, infinitely suggestive of the possible—no, I don't mean five minutes with Colin Farrell, but close—the gorgeously mysterious photographic works of Tear Sheet contributor ALLEN FRAME are as beautifully elusive as they are defiantly straightforward. Or maybe they're just the opposite. Anyhow, fly in the face of interpretation and see the yourself at Gitterman Gallery. 

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Allen Frame Press: Art on Paper, May  1, 2005 - Jean Dykstra

Art on Paper

May 1, 2005 - Jean Dykstra

Allen Frame's dark, grainy photographs of friends and acquainteances have an ephemeral, almsot fragile quality.

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Allen Frame Press: New York Sun, April 18, 2005

New York Sun

April 18, 2005

Allen Frame photographs his friends and acquaintances in situations that are not fully staged but not as casual as they appear at first glance, either.

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The Village Voice

April 13, 2005

The tension between the kind of casual, intimate situations I like to shoot and the very stylized, even elegant compostions is one of two extremes meeting.

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