Remnants: Louise Nevelson and Aaron Siskind

September 19 - November 2, 2013
Exhibition Views Thumbnail View
Aaron Siskind photogrpahsAaron Siskind photogrpahs
Aaron Siskind, GridAaron Siskind, Grid
Aaron Siskind, bruce silverstein galleryAaron Siskind, bruce silverstein gallery
Aaron Siskind, Bruce SilversteinAaron Siskind, Bruce Silverstein
Aaron siskind new yorkAaron siskind new york
Aaron Siskind photographsAaron Siskind photographs
Aaron Siskind, bruce silverstein galleryAaron Siskind, bruce silverstein gallery
Selected Works Thumbnail View
Aaron Siskind MarthaAaron Siskind Martha

Aaron Siskind 
Martha's Vineyard, 1955    
Gelatin silver print mounted to Brundo illustration board, printed c. 1955. 19 x 15 inches

Aaron Siskind Driftwood, c. 1940Aaron Siskind Driftwood, c. 1940

Aaron Siskind 
Driftwood, c. 1940
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1943. 4 1/2 x 6 3/8 inches

Aaron Siskind Driftwood, 1940Aaron Siskind Driftwood, 1940

Aaron Siskind 
Driftwood, 1940    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1940. 4 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches

Aaron Siskind Untitled (MarthaAaron Siskind Untitled (Martha

Aaron Siskind 
Untitled (Martha's Vineyard), 1940    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1940. 4 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Louise Nevelson Untitled (Bird), c. 1945Louise Nevelson Untitled (Bird), c. 1945

Louise Nevelson 
Untitled (Bird), c. 1945    
Plaster with wood base. 10 1/2 x 16 1/4 x 11 inches

Louise Nevelson Moving-Static-Moving Figure, c. 1945Louise Nevelson Moving-Static-Moving Figure, c. 1945

Louise Nevelson 
Moving-Static-Moving Figure, c. 1945    
Terra-cotta and tattistone on base. 25 1/2 x 16 x 19 1/2 inches

Aaron Siskind Chicago Facade, 1960Aaron Siskind Chicago Facade, 1960

Aaron Siskind 
Chicago Facade, 1960    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1960. 10 3/8 x 13 1/8 inches

Aaron Siskind MarthaAaron Siskind Martha

Aaron Siskind
Martha's Vineyard 3, 1953    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1953. 7 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches

Aaron Siskind Seaweed #8, MarthaAaron Siskind Seaweed #8, Martha

Aaron Siskind 
Seaweed #8, Martha's Vineyard, MA, 1953    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1960. 10 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches

Aaron Siskind Seaweed 12, 1953Aaron Siskind Seaweed 12, 1953

Aaron Siskind 
Seaweed 12, 1953    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c.1955-60. 13 1/4 x 10 inches

Louise Nevelson Untitled, 1976Louise Nevelson Untitled, 1976

Louise Nevelson 
Untitled, 1976    
Metal, paint and wood on board. 48 x 32 x 8 inches

Aaron Siskind Gloucester, 1944Aaron Siskind Gloucester, 1944

Aaron Siskind 
Gloucester, 1944    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1944. 7 x 9 1/4 inches

Aaron Siskind Gloucester 10, 1944Aaron Siskind Gloucester 10, 1944

Aaron Siskind 
Gloucester 10, 1944    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1944. 7 1/2 x 9 5/8 inches

Aaron Siskind Gloucester, 1944Aaron Siskind Gloucester, 1944

Aaron Siskind 
Gloucester, 1944    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1944. 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches

Aaron Siskind Chilmark 1, 1940Aaron Siskind Chilmark 1, 1940

Aaron Siskind
Chilmark 1, 1940    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1940. 7 x 4 5/8 inches

Louise Nevelson Untitled, 1981Louise Nevelson Untitled, 1981

Louise Nevelson 
Untitled, 1981    
Painted wood. 92 x 35 x 3 3/4 inches

Aaron Siskind Chicago 25, 1957Aaron Siskind Chicago 25, 1957

Aaron Siskind 
Chicago 25, 1957    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1957. 8 x 10 inches

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

Aaron Siskind 
Chicago 16, 1957    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1957. 8 x 10 inches

Louise Nevelson Untitled (Landscape), c. 1950-1955Louise Nevelson Untitled (Landscape), c. 1950-1955

Louise Nevelson 
Untitled (Landscape), c. 1950-1955    
Painted wood. 19 1/2 x 28 1/2 x 12 inches

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

Aaron Siskind 
Chicago 45, 1952    
Gelatin silver print mounted to Brudno illustration board, printed c. 1952. 19 1/4 x 23 3/8 inches

Aaron Siskind Untitled (New York Windows), 1946Aaron Siskind Untitled (New York Windows), 1946

Aaron Siskind
Untitled (New York Windows), 1946    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1946. 9 1/4 x 7 inches

Louise Nevelson Standing Figure, c. 1955-1957Louise Nevelson Standing Figure, c. 1955-1957

Louise Nevelson 
Standing Figure, c. 1955-1957    
Painted wood. 69 3/4 x 14 1/2 x 12 inches

Aaron Siskind New York, 1951     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980. 20 x 24 inchesAaron Siskind New York, 1951     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980. 20 x 24 inches

Aaron Siskind
New York, 1951    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980. 20 x 24 inches

Louise Nevelson  Sky City, 1959 Painted wood. 47 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 4 inchesLouise Nevelson  Sky City, 1959 Painted wood. 47 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 4 inches

Louise Nevelson 
Sky City, 1959
Painted wood. 47 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 4 inches

Aaron Siskind Gloucester 16A, 1944Aaron Siskind Gloucester 16A, 1944

Aaron Siskind 
Gloucester 16A, 1944    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1944. 14 x 11 inches

Aaron Siskind  Salvador 170, 1984     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1984. 18 1/4 x 15 3/4 inchesAaron Siskind  Salvador 170, 1984     Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1984. 18 1/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Aaron Siskind 
Salvador 170, 1984    
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1984. 18 1/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Aaron Siskind, Davenport 10, c. 1952-54Aaron Siskind, Davenport 10, c. 1952-54

Aaron Siskind

Davenport 10, c. 1952-54    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1952-54. 11 x 14 inches

Aaron Siskind Gloucester 6, 1944Aaron Siskind Gloucester 6, 1944

Aaron Siskind 
Gloucester 6, 1944    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1944. 10 x 8 inches

Louise Nevelson  Untitled, 1959     Painted wood. 11 1/2 x 5 x 3 inchesLouise Nevelson  Untitled, 1959     Painted wood. 11 1/2 x 5 x 3 inches

Louise Nevelson 
Untitled, 1959    
Painted wood. 11 1/2 x 5 x 3 inches

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

Aaron Siskind 
Chicago, 1957    
Gelatin silver print mounted to board, printed c. 1957. 13 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein is pleased to present, Remnants: Louise Nevelson & Aaron Siskind, an exhibition featuring sculptures by Nevelson and photographs by Siskind displayed in conversation. The exhibition focuses on early works by both artists and includes generous loans from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Farnsworth Museum.


This exhibition is the first to examine the striking visual similarities between these artists’ works evolving from a shared interest in the expressive and symbolic power of form in space.  Both Siskind and Nevelson utilized a language of abstraction built from a transformation of the real—rejected, decayed, left-behind objects and detritus—into an expression of an inner and personal vision.   Nevelson’s sculptures, comprised of cast-off found materials reclaimed by the artist, complement Siskind’s two-dimensional compositions (sometimes arranged) of found objects or marks, either man-made or natural.

 


The art historian Thomas Hess saw Siskind’s photographs from the 1940s and ‘50s as “complex images created from a synthesis of simple data.”  Siskind’s practice was an overtly straightforward technique of isolating and enlarging everyday subject matter, creating abstract metaphors with new purpose and meaning.  The same can be said for Nevelson, as her well-known sculptures from the 1950s-80s “synthesize” minimal and regular objects/parts into larger, complex and abstract forms.  On one level, pairing these artists reveals remarkable aesthetic connections, and on another, surprisingly depicts a profoundly similar creative process. 


Aaron Siskind’s influence was extensive, and his conceptual and artistic elevation of the photographic medium within the art world was truly groundbreaking.  Aligning himself with the 9th Street group of Abstract Expressionist painters rather than the photographers working in this period, his work was exhibited alongside such luminaries as Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, and Barnett Newman.  As a sculptor disinterested in indentifying with any particular school or movement, Louise Nevelson occupies a similarly unique place on the periphery of Abstract Expressionism, motivated by an interest in the Surrealist notion of “convulsive beauty” which defined the post-War climate in American art. 


Bruce Silverstein Gallery is the exclusive representative of the Aaron Siskind Foundation.   A catalog will be published in conjunction with the exhibition, featuring essays by Nevelson scholar Laurie Wilson and the esteemed photo-historian, Shelley Rice.