Aaron Siskind, ‘Chicago 85’, 1953, Heritage Auctions
Aaron Siskind, ‘Chicago 85’, 1953, Heritage Auctions
Aaron Siskind, ‘Chicago 85’, 1953, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Adhered to board measuring 20 x 16 inches with non-archival tape; a few possible surface scuffs near the left and right edges of the image, most notable one to the left approximately 1-1/2 inches long; approximately two small pressure lines along the left edge; some handling creases, most noticeable in raking light. Framed Dimensions 20.75 X 16.75 Inches.

Signature: Signed, titled, and dated in pencil on mat recto; annotated '12-11-63 / Happy Chanukah / To Pat / From / Caroline + Aaron' in ink on verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

About Aaron Siskind

Though he began his career as a documentary photographer, Aaron Siskind turned away from representation and towards abstraction in the 1940s, using his camera to capture the graphic patterns, shapes, and forms he observed around him. By carefully framing his subjects, he would transform strands of seaweed on the sand into calligraphic brushstrokes, peeling paint into low-relief sculptures, or graffiti on a wall into a Franz Kline canvas. Siskind influenced and was influenced by the Abstract Expressionists, his photographs frequently exhibited alongside their paintings.

American, 1903-1991, New York, New York