Feb 14, 2008

New York 3

New York 3


Aaron Siskind

(American, 1903–1991)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 26.2 x 33.6 cm (10 5/16 x 13 1/4 in.); Paper: 27.6 x 35.3 cm (10 7/8 x 13 7/8 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 55.9 cm (18 x 22 in.)

Purchased with a grant from the NEA and matched by contributions from Museum members in 1989 1989.468

Edition: one of three known prints



One of the most inventive photographers and influential teachers of the 20th century, Siskind based his unique style on the ability to craft an abstract image—flat and two-dimensional—from concrete reality, transforming his found imagery into suggestive signs and symbols. He found his evocative compositions in such unlikely forms as peeling paint, piles of rocks, bits of seaweed, fragments of graffiti, doodles of tar, and, as in this early picture taken in New York, torn fragments of posters. He organized his imagery by stressing formal concerns: form, texture, scale, and the elimination of illusion. His interests were strongly related to the work of the abstract expressionist painters, many of whom were his friends.

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