Posts Tagged ‘Aaron Siskind’

Preview: Aaron Siskind Photography, Exhibition at Gitterman Gallery

In Exhibits, Gallery on November 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Aaron Siskind, Chicago #15, 1965, Image via Gitterman Gallery

Currently on exhibition, at Gitterman Gallery in New York, is the work of photographer Aaron Siskind produced during his long and prolific career. Siskind was known for bold and abstract works and was often likened to the Abstract Expressionists.

The exceptional vintage prints in this exhibition are masterful examples of Aaron Siskind’s interest in exploring the inherent abstraction of the real world. With these works, Siskind simultaneously captured the bold, graphic qualities of his subject and their nuances of texture and tonality. The images appear both as powerful, gestural forms from a distance, and as rich topographies with minute details and subtlety up close. As abstract as they are, his photographs still possess a sincere, humanist quality. His subjects are often fragments of marks or forms created by others, traces of human existence. As such, the images function as meditations on what we leave behind: emotional, even spiritual records of the interconnectedness of all things. Siskind’s work has often been compared to that of the Abstract Expressionists, with whom he identified and even exhibited. The visual similarities between Aaron Siskind’s graphic photographs and the bold, gestural marks of Abstract Expressionist paintings is striking, but there are important differences as well. As photographs of actual things (walls with peeling paint, piles of rocks, etc), Siskind’s works introduce a tension between the real and the abstract that is absent from any painting.

The exhibition runs from November 16, 2017- January 20, 2018. For more information contact Gitterman Gallery



On Site: 60 From the 60’s: Selections from the George Eastman House, 1285 Avenue of the Americas Gallery, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits on February 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm


Benedict J. Fernandez “DISSENTERS”

One of the key times in modern photography, as in many other aspects of modernity, resides in “The Sixties”. An exhibit from this famous era is now in a public space and available to you for an unusual viewing experience.

This exhibit can be found in New York across from the Rockefeller complex at the non-descript lobby of 1285 Avenue of the Americas. Arrayed in the cold, uninviting atmosphere of a large set of lobby pillars is wonderful photography by renowned artists of the time. Our favorites included work by Mary Ellen Mark, Hollis Frampton, Gary Winogrand and Harry Callahan. Our favorites were two prints from a Chicago series by Aaron Siskind.

The exhibition of 60 prints features 10 of the most significant photographers from the 1960s, a decade that saw many new photography styles – collage, street photography, and photojournalism coverage of riots. “60 from the 60s: Selections from George Eastman House” offers a dynamic look at photography of the era. The exhibition is on view in the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 42-story building in which the gallery is housed. The exhibition features the work of photographers who were just beginning to create a name for themselves in the 1960s, as well as established artists then in the midst of successful careers.

Through Feb. 18, 2011

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On Site: “Selections From A Collection”, Gitterman Gallery, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on December 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm


Clarence White,The Kiss (The Reynolds Sisters)


Aaron Siskind,
Terrors and Pleasure of Levitation


Harry Callahan, Michigan

A holiday present is in store for you at the Gitterman Gallery. The selections in this show are excellent bringing the viewer master photography in different styles, ages and forms in an exciting assemblage.

In addition to the classics above there is work by W. Eugene Smith, Tasker, Meatyard and more …

Drop by after shopping the Upper East Side or visit via the Web.

Through January 29, 2011.

For more information: Gitterman Gallery

Favorites: Black and White Abstract Photos by Aaron Siskind

In Black and White Photography, Photographer on July 4, 2010 at 9:49 am


One of our photographic legends is Aaron Siskind. With a wide ranging body of work, we are attracted to the images influenced by the Abstract Expressionist New York school of artists found in the Forties and Fifties.

His work in Black and White distills an object’s essence in an unique manner by employing brilliant use of light and shadow. A 3-D effect is often present in his abstracts.

Photographer and educator Aaron Siskind (1903-1991) holds a preeminent place in the history of American photography. Beginning his photographic career in the 1930’s as a social documentarian with the New York Photo League, he ultimately radicalized the medium by emphasizing the photograph as an abstract form of expression and an aesthetic end in itself. Siskind taught in New York City’s public schools for 25 years before becoming recognized as a photographer and then a gifted pioneer of photographic education. His vision and methods have and will continue to inspire and instruct future generations of artists and teachers.

We are including a reference site maintained by his Foundation. For aspiring photographer’s, note the grants program the Foundation offers.

For more information and a selection of images: Aaron Siskind