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    Sale 7584

    Photographs

    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 56

    AARON SISKIND (1903-1991)

    Abstraction, 1950

    Price Realised  

    AARON SISKIND (1903-1991)
    Abstraction, 1950
    gelatin silver print
    signed and dated in ink on reverse of flush-mount
    9 3/8 x 14 3/8in. (23.8 x 36.5cm.)


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    In the introductory text to Siskind's first monograph Aaron Siskind: Photographs, which includes the present image, critic Harold Rosenberg comments: 'One will be struck by the resemblance of these photos to reproductions of advanced contemporary paintings. Aaron Siskind's collection is like the catalogue of a show of "best Americans" that may take place next month in a leading New York art gallery. Here are the dual picture planes, the calligraphy, the post-Cubist balances, the free strokes and aerial perspective, the accidental landscapes, galaxies hinted in stains, of half a dozen vanguard styles.'

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    Literature

    Aaron Siskind: Photographs, Horizon, 1959, pl.25, laterally reversed.