Allen Frame

Allen Frame Press: BLIND Magazine, May 26, 2021 - Miss Rosen

BLIND Magazine

May 26, 2021 - Miss Rosen

A Portrait of the New York Art Scene
Just Before the Advent of AIDS

A new book and exhibition revisit downtown New York in 1981 and capture the face of a lost generation just before the pandemic struck.

...Frame’s photographs, which combine the immediacy of the snapshot with the timeless sensibilities of fine art, preserve the face of a lost generation. Here, we see a world filled with possibility and hope, the hallmarks of youth made all the more poignant by the sense that they cannot begin to imagine the terrors the future will hold.   

Link to article

Download Article (PDF)
Allen Frame Press: ALLEN FRAME interview in DEAR DAVE, March 12, 2021 - STEPHEN FRAILEY

ALLEN FRAME interview in DEAR DAVE

March 12, 2021 - STEPHEN FRAILEY

In my photographs there's an inherent reality that we see, real people in real situations, not actors in a film or play that I’m directing or writing. I acknowledge that reality, but of course, I shape it, with various decisions of framing, editing, sequencing. I want to acknowledge my subjectivity, too, my projections onto people and situations. What is exciting to me is the mixture of the two, the coming together of some "objective" reality and "subjective" experience. I title images with the actual subjects' names, the actual location, the actual date, but what seems to be going on in the photograph may not reflect the actual circumstances.

Link to article 

Read More >> Download Article (PDF)
Allen Frame Press: APERTURE, December 17, 2020 - Brendan Embser

APERTURE

December 17, 2020 - Brendan Embser

1981, NYC

It was a time like our own. A young man comes to New York and wants to be an artist. A president wants to make America great. A doctor sounds an alarm. A health crisis looms, like an overture in a minor key, but everyone goes to a bar called the Bar and a gallery called Fun.
 
There was a difference between uptown and downtown then. Allen Frame had grown up in Mississippi and lived in Boston, and, in 1977, when his friends were moving to New York, he moved there too. After living in a gay rooming house in Brooklyn, he found a place downtown on Perry Street in the West Village. He cleaned apartments for enough cash to get by, and he didn't need much because rent was cheap. Frame had time for friendship, for art and sex. He met other gay men who were artists and writers, and each brought references and experiences and ambition to the scene. He had his first boyfriend. "It was like heaven," he said...

get your own copy of Aperture 241 HERE

Read More >> Download Article (PDF)

COLLECTOR DAILY

July 10, 2019 - Loring Knoblauch


Two works in Allen Frame’s new show use vernacular photographs that he discovered during a recent year-long residency in Rome as the jumping off point for hybrid wall-filling installations that put the found images into dialogue with his own photographs. The open-ended mysteries of the anonymous vintage photographs offered Frame the opportunity to graft his own interpretations onto the scenes, and he then went on to expand those themes further, twisting past and present into intimately coupled meditations...

The subtle codes of human attraction that inform the two installations are generally absent from Frame’s larger color images. The pictures instead capture pauses – the in-between moments that happen just before and after something else. Ivana looks out of a widow that could be a painting of the Italian countryside, Ugo checks his phone as he walks down the repaired stairs of an older stone balcony, and Pietro sits on the edge of a swimming pool, looking to his right out of the frame. The photographs linger, and that slowness provides space for vicariously stepping into the lull.

In many ways, these pictures are all testing Frame’s ability to find a particular emotional pitch and stay there, allowing it to blossom and expand into something more complex and intricate. In each of these works/projects, he’s trying to capture invisible restlessness, and attempting to freight his understated scenes with a tiny slice of agitation. When he successfully plucks that string, his pictures shimmer with unseen vibrations.

link to full article

Download Article (PDF)

WHAT WILL YOU REMEMBER?

June 20, 2019 - Elin Spring

 

Fantastic Views

In his three-part exhibit “Suddenly,” Allen Frame’s photographs in Italy build narrative fantasies that draw upon foreign films, theater, southern American literature and his 2018 year-long residency in Rome. Frame starts with and improvises on found Roman photographs from the 1960’s, adding his own scenes with characters who all seem to be anticipating or searching for something. The salon-style grouping “Giuseppe,” a seeming travelogue featuring a strapping sunbather and his friends, the elegantly subdued and ornately framed B&W series “Suddenly” (referencing Tennessee Williams’ 1958 play Suddenly Last Summer) and Frame’s single color photographs of individuals in sun-drenched recreational scenes, all feature a subtle homoerotic charge. With an adroit dichotomy of restrained, often pensive characters in bright, open compositions, Frame’s narratives tease like film stills, building suspense and desire.

link to full article

Allen Frame Press: Interview: ALLEN FRAME, May  2, 2019 - Brainard Carey

Interview: ALLEN FRAME

May 2, 2019 - Brainard Carey

Interview from Praxis Interview Magazine on Yale University Radio WYBCX 

link to podcast

Allen Frame Press: ARTFORUM, February  1, 2019 - Matthew Weinstein

ARTFORUM

February 1, 2019 - Matthew Weinstein


curated by LIA GANGITANO
PRATT INSTITUTE Oct—Dec 2018

Innamorato,” an exhibition by the writer, filmmaker, and photographer Allen Frame, was dominated by Ennio, 2018, a room-size installation made up of more than fifty found Italian Mussolini-era photographs of an air force pilot, his sister, and a handsome young man. The pictures, hung salon style, were set into a variety of secondhand frames. The subjects of the photos appeared well off, beautiful, and youthful. They could be seen with skis in the mountains and cavorting on beaches, bringing to mind the bourgeois family in Vittorio De Sica’s 1970 film The Garden of the Finzi-Continis.

Seven photographs of Ennio were printed by Frame from negatives he purchased along with the photos.  Every portrait is full body, and in each one he is ready for pleasure, be it in sun or snow. Is he an object of desire for whomever took the pictures? Is it the handsome friend who yearns for him? Or is it the artist, who rescued these people from the obscurity of a flea market? Or could it be us? Perhaps it’s all of the above. Included in the installation were hand-written passages in Italian taken from Absalom, Absalom! (1936), William Faulkner’s tale of a sibling love triangle—thus revealing the narrative that Frame projected onto the images.

Read More >> Download Article (PDF)
Allen Frame Press: Magic Hour Podcast, December 14, 2018 - Jordan Weitzman

Magic Hour Podcast

December 14, 2018 - Jordan Weitzman

Episode Length: 51:07
Air Date: November 26, 2019

It was the last day of Allen Frame's show Innamorato at the Pratt Gallery in Brooklyn, and it was my first stop from La Guardia when i arrived on that day. I remember one print hanging on the wall that I immediately gravitated to - Tito, Florence, 1997 - a photo which I’ve always loved, which feels so intimate, even though it’s made at a distance.’ A charming southern fellow in the gallery introduced himself, ‘Allen Frame, nice to meet you.’ I smiled and we ended up talking for about an hour that day going down rabbit holes ranging from the Italian seaside, where he had just made new work, to Charles Henri Ford’s attic apartment in the Dakota, to William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom - a story he hadn’t read since college, amazed at how homoerotic a narrative it had.

Allen Frame is a fascinating figure within the world of photography. He cut his teeth in the early 70’s in Boston with his friends David Armstrong and Nan Goldin, whom he met at Immageworks, a photo program he enrolled in while attending Harvard. He’s made his own pictures on and off over the course of five decades, but he’s also worked in the theatre, adapting the writing of David Wojnarowicz and acting in Garry Indiana plays. He’s written for publications like Bomb and the New York Times, he’s taught at Pratt, SVA and ICP, and he’s worked in curatorial capacities.

Link to podcast

image: Allen Frame, Sunnyside, Queens, 2019. Photo by Jordan Weitzman

 
 
Allen Frame Press: Division Review, November 21, 2017 - Tim Maul

Division Review

November 21, 2017 - Tim Maul

On the Photography of Allen Frame

Selecting images from DETOUR/ALLEN FRAME (Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg, 2001) involved engaging with a dark, elegant publication that draws a curtain on a world where sign languages of eros are embedded within a languorous drift of grain. Frame’s CV as an photographer, educator, performer, and film producer could fill this allotted space; most significantly Frame is a surviving member of the 1970’s ‘Boston School’ of artists and photographers whose historicization accelerated from the ongoing AIDS epidemic which so decimated its ranks. Its photographers include revered cultural figures such as David Armstrong, Mark Morrisoe, Jack Pierson and Nan Goldin. Now mythic, they exemplified a louche but socially determined LBGTQ clique originating in Boston with branches in Provincetown, NYC, London, and Berlin during that fabled age of cheap rents, cheap international flights, and endlessly accommodating friends of friends.

Link to full issue

Read More >> Download Article (PDF)
Allen Frame Press: The Creative Independent, July 19, 2017

The Creative Independent

July 19, 2017


Allen Frame: On Following Your Curiosity

From a conversation with T. Cole Rachel

link to article
 

Download Article (PDF)