About this artwork
Although he started his career as a documentary photographer, Aaron Siskind became known for his work in abstraction. Socially and professionally close with many of the Abstract Expressionist painters in his native New York, he made these photographs—of walls, graffiti, and torn signs—in dialogue with painting. In a 1950 statement, he explained, “First, and emphatically, I accept the flat plane of the picture surface as the primary frame of reference of the picture.” Siskind spent two formative decades in Chicago, from 1951 to 1971, teaching at the city’s famed Institute of Design and mentoring generations of photographers. Hugh Edwards organized an exhibition of his work in 1964, and he showed and collected the work of many of Siskind’s students.
Currently Off View
- Aaron Siskind
- Uruapan, Mexico
- United States
- Gelatin silver print
- Unmarked recto; verso of print unchecked; verso of mount unmarked
- 35 x 49 cm (image/paper); 55.6 x 71.2 (mount)
- Photography Collection Purchase Fund
- © Aaron Siskind Foundation.