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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.

Date:

1954

Artist:

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Photography and Media

Artist

Merg Ross

Title

Cracked Linoleum, Northumberland

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1954

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of Aaron Siskind

Reference Number

1964.315

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