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Cracked Linoleum, Northumberland

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.




Merg Ross
American, born 1941

About this artwork

The son of a San Francisco photographer, Merg Ross began making pictures as a child, honing his skills through infor-mal print viewings with a close family friend, the noted photographer Edward Weston. With a large-format cam-era, Ross composed closeup abstractions of abandoned machinery or ice formations. In 1959, having just finished high school, he planned a cross-country trip to visit var-ious photographers whom he admired. At the top of this list was Aaron Siskind in Chicago, known for painterly images of walls, and Ross was delighted when the photog-rapher generously welcomed him. In 1963 Hugh Edwards acquired four of Ross’s West Coast scenes; the following year, Siskind donated three additional abstract works, including this geometric depiction of cracked linoleum.


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Merg Ross


Cracked Linoleum, Northumberland


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1954


Gelatin silver print


9.2 × 11.4 (image/paper); 17 × 19 cm (mount)

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Gift of Aaron Siskind

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