Aaron Siskind

Selected Works Thumbnail View
Aaron Siskind, New York, West Street 14, 1950Aaron Siskind, New York, West Street 14, 1950

Aaron Siskind
New York, West Street 14,1950
Gelatin silver print
16 x 13 inches

Aaron Siskind, Chicago 45, 1952Aaron Siskind, Chicago 45, 1952

Aaron Siskind
Chicago 45, 1952
Gelatin silver print
19 1/4 x 23 3/8 inches

Aaron Siskind, Chicago 16, 1957Aaron Siskind, Chicago 16, 1957

Aaron Siskind

Chicago 16, 1957

Gelatin silver print

8 x 10 inches

Aaron Siskind, Maine 5, 1949Aaron Siskind, Maine 5, 1949

Aaron Siskind
Maine 5, 1949
Gelatin silver print
16 x 20 inches

Aaron Siskind, Bruce SilversteinAaron Siskind, Bruce Silverstein

Aaron Siskind
Chicago, 1952
Gelatin silver print
23 3/4 x 20 inches

Aaron Siskind, Gloucester, 1944Aaron Siskind, Gloucester, 1944

Aaron Siskind
Gloucester, 1944
Gelatin silver print
8 x 10 inches

Aaron Siskind, Glouchester, 1944Aaron Siskind, Glouchester, 1944

Aaron Siskind
Gloucester, 1944
Gelatin silver print
8 x 10 inches

Aaron Siskind, Chicago, 1955Aaron Siskind, Chicago, 1955

Aaron Siskind
Chicago, 1955
Silver gelatin print
9 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches

Aaron Siskind, Chicago 20, 1949Aaron Siskind, Chicago 20, 1949

Aaron Siskind
Chicago 20, 1949
Gelatin silver print
11 x 14 inches

Aaron Siskind, Chicago 53, 1952Aaron Siskind, Chicago 53, 1952

Aaron Siskind
Chicago 53, 1952
Gelatin silver print
14 x 11 inches

Aaron Siskind, Chicago 62, 1953Aaron Siskind, Chicago 62, 1953

Aaron Siskind
Chicago 62, 1953
Gelatin silver print
16 1/2 x 13 5/8 inches

Other Works
Aaron Siskind, Bruce SilversteinAaron Siskind, Bruce Silverstein
1930-1940
Aaron Siskind, Bruce SilversteinAaron Siskind, Bruce Silverstein
1941-1945
1946-19511946-1951
1946-1951
1952-19601952-1960
1952-1960
1961-19701961-1970
1961-1970
1971-19791971-1979
1971-1979
Aaron Siskind, Bruce Silverstein GalleryAaron Siskind, Bruce Silverstein Gallery
1980-1990

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is the exclusive representative of the Aaron Siskind Foundation

 

Artist and educator Aaron Siskind holds a preeminent place in the history of American photography. He was the only photographic member of the American Abstract-Expressionist movement, drawing inspiration and inspiring notable modern painters such as Willem DeKooning Barnett Newman and Franz Kline. During the 1930s, Siskind was interested in documenting the pressing social conditions of his time. It was not until after an exploration of the external world had been exhausted, that he began using the outside world as a means of internal self-exploration –harnessing the associative powers of his vernacular objects. Siskind focused on the formal relationship between light, structure and texture, exploring ideas of decay and regeneration. His practice was an overtly straightforward technique of isolating and enlarging everyday subject matter, creating conceptual metaphors with new purpose and meaning. The artist ultimately radicalized the medium by pinpointing photography’s potential as an abstract form of expression and an aesthetic end in itself.

 

Aaron Siskind was born in New York in 1903. He taught high school English for over two decades before began his photography career as a documentarian in the New York Photo League. In 1951, Siskind went on to teach at the Institute of Design in Chicago and later on the Rhode Island School of Design. He was also involved in the founding of the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester with Nathan Lyons. He died in Providence in 1991 at the age of 87. The artist received many distinguished awards including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Gold Star Merit Award from Philadelphia College of Art, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and Rhode Island’s Governer Prize for the Arts. Bruce Silverstein has organized three major shows of his work since 2001, and is the exclusive representative of the Aaron Siskind Foundation, which maintains Siskind’s legacy by providing annual grants encouraging and celebrating artistic achievement in contemporary photography.


Between 1947 and 1951, Siskind exhibited regularly at the prestigious Charles Egan Gallery alongside many well-known painters of the period. Numerous posthumous exhibitions have been organized worldwide. Such institutions are amongst others, the Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.; Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Whitney Museum of Art, New York; and the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson.


Work by Aaron Siskind is held in museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; Getty Center, Los Angeles; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.


Siskind published several important books and catalogues, and seven major monographs such as Places: Aaron Siskind Photographs (1976), Harlem Document, Photographs 1932-1940: Aaron Siskind (1981), Aaron Siskind: Pleasures and Terrors (1982), and Song of The Open Road (1990).

 

 

Publications
Aaron Siskind
Aaron Siskind
Harlem: A Book of Postcards
Aaron Siskind
Aaron Siskind
Harlem Document
Aaron Siskind
Aaron Siskind
Pleasures and Terrors
Aaron Siskind
Aaron Siskind
Places