Jan 17, 2007

Chicago 22

Chicago 22


Aaron Siskind

(American, 1903–1991)

Vintage gelatin silver print

Image: 17.3 x 34.2 cm (6 13/16 x 13 7/16 in.); Paper: 21 x 35.4 cm (8 1/4 x 13 15/16 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

Gift of Museum members in 1989 1989.464

Edition: unique print



Aaron Siskind began his photographic career in 1932, working in a social-documentary style. By 1944, however, he began to concentrate on radically different images that helped define an important mode of contemporary photographic expression. He isolated objects from their surroundings and transformed them into abstract images organized according to such formal concerns as composition, texture, scale, and the elimination of illusion. In Chicago 22, Siskind used a close-up view of peeling paint on a weathered wood wall to create a visually engaging image.

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