Galerie Julian Sander is very pleased to present works by Aaron Siskind in the gallery for the first time. A Painter´s Photographer shows photographs oft he artist and refers tot he close connection tot he painting of Abstract Expressionism in Siskind´s work.
In an essay from 1951, the artist and art critic Elaine de Kooning described Aaron Siskind as a „painter´s photographer“. After more than 60 years, Siskind remains one of the most closely connected photographers to the abstract expressionism of the 20th century. His flat picture planes, the low depth of sharpness and the focus on the surface structure resonate with the gestural paintings by arists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline. Siskind also shared an artistic ethos with many of these painters. He emphasized how his own feelings shaped the pictures during the creative process and became part of the work itself.
Aaron Siskind expanded the expressive potential of photography and the definition of abstraction. Known subjects become through extreme close-up, an unusual angle and the abstraction from the narrative context, abstractions, which can be re-experienced.
Siskind can be counted among the pioneers of abstract expressionism. Was it him, who inspired numerous painters in the beginnings of the movement in the early 40s, with his photographs.
Aaron Siskind was born in 1903 in New York as the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants. He studied social sciences at the College in New York and taught the following 20 years English at a public school. It was not until 1930 that he became a photographer and he had been active in the New York Photo League since 1936 – a connection that lasted until 1940. In the early 40s, Siskind became friends with Abstract Expressionist painters (Franz Kline, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko and others) and focused his aristic focus on symbolic and abstract photography based on a documentary style. Numerous exhibitions at the Charles Egan Gallery between 1947 and 1949 and the growing interest of the museums, made it possible for him to become an artist and a teacher. After an invitation from Harry Callahan, Siskind taught photography from 1951 to 1971 at the faculty of Illinois Institute of Technology and Design in Chicago. He then changed to the Rhode Island School of Design and taught at the graduate program for 5 more years. He published his first own publication about his work in 1959 with the title “Aaron Siskind: Photographs”. Aaron Siskind continued working on his photographs until his death on February 8, 1991.
The Gallery Julian Sander cordially invites you and your friends to the opening of “A Painter´s Photographer” on Friday, September 8 from 6 to 10 pm. The exhibition is part of the Düsseldorf Cologne Open Galleries program (DC Open), which runs from Friday to Sunday. On Sunday, September 10, we will present a film about the New York School as part of the exhibition (free entry, no registration).