AARON SISKIND "LIMA 25" PHOTO, 1980
Aaron Siskind (1903-1992) started his career as a documentary photographer and a member of the Photo League.
He and his colleagues were interested in photography as a tool to record and address social inequalities of the day.
For example, many of his images from the 1930's explored life in Harlem.
In the early 1940's Siskind drifted away from social depictions preferring to focus on textures and shapes. Images of advertising fragments, graffiti and sidewalks become engaging and hypnotic because of their abstract qualities rather than the subject matter.
As a result he became one of the first "abstract" photographers. Siskind's aesthetic and sensibility evolved parallel to the Abstract Expressionist movement.
As a result he was the only photographer to be included in the groundbreaking 9th Street Art exhibition organized by Leo Castelli.
This image, a paradigm of Siskind's depictions of urban beauty, can be read as metaphors for the ambiance or struggles of a particular city.
Aaron Siskind is an essential artist to include if starting a collection of photography.
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Gelatin silver print
Signed, titled, and dated in pencil verso
10"H 10"W (image)
14”H 11”W (sheet)
Very good condition
Provenance: The Art Institute of Chicago
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