Aaron Siskind 100
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Photographs by Aaron Siskind
A Blind Spot Book
published by powerHouse Books
Clothbound with tip-on
10 x 13.25 inches
100 tritone photographs
One of the most important and influential artists working with photography during the twentieth century, Aaron Siskind is being celebrated on the occasion of his 100th birthday with the publication of this elegant and comprehensive monograph, bringing together both well-known and never-before-published images. Siskind's prolific career spanned six decades and left its mark on both photography and painting.
In 1932, at age twenty-nine, Siskind began his career as a photographer and spent the next nine years under the auspices of the New York Photo League, working on social documentary photography. Around 1940, Siskind made a shift toward abstraction and entered an art world populated by painters and sculptors. During the course of the decade, Siskind began to explore a vision that depended on the shallow plane, and utilized delicate, minimal designs. "For the first time in my life subject matter, as such, had ceased to be of primary importance," Siskind explained. "Instead I found myself involved in the relationships of these objects, so much so that the pictures turned out to be deeply moving and personal experiences." The photograph had become the object.
Siskind's style of gesture and nuance, a new form of visual calligraphy, dominated his work for the next forty years, and ran parallel to the developments of his colleagues, the abstract expressionists. Siskind was not only a critical figure in modern photography, but also influenced the work of painters of that period, including Willem De Kooning, Franz Kline, and Robert Rauschenberg. Aaron Siskind 100, book and exhibition, honors the legacy of this legendary artist through six decades of an incredible photographic journey.
Aaron Siskind was born in New York City in 1903. His first major exhibition was in 1949 at the Charles Egan Gallery, New York, and he was the only photographer invited to participate in the famed Ninth Street Show of abstract expressionist painters, which included Willem De Kooning, Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, and Jack Tworkov. His first book, Aaron Siskind Photographs, with an introduction by respected art critic Harold Rosenberg, was published with the help of Kline and other artists who provided financial support. Siskind's work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Cleveland Art Museum; The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; the Canadian Center for Architecture, Quebec; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum, Providence; and the Fogg Art Museum, Boston, among others. Siskind died in Rhode Island in 1991.