Aaron Siskind 100.
Photographs by Aaron Siskind. Text by Robert Rauschenberg.
176 pp., 100 tritone illustrations, 10x13¼".
Aside from the 1982 monograph Pleasures and Terrors, a classic title that has been lamentably out-of-print for nearly twenty years, there have been no works available on this exceptional photographer. Anyone devoted to the genesis and development of abstraction in twentieth century art-encompassing all visual arts-will be thrilled to see this new, monumental book on one of photography's great artists, a man who influenced, and in turn was influenced by many of the abstract expressionists. Having begun his photographic career with the New York Photo League, in 1940 Siskind made a marked departure for abstraction. "For the first time in my life subject matter, as such, had ceased to be of primary importance," Siskind wrote. "Instead I found myself involved in the relationships of these objects, so much so that the pictures turned out to be deeply moving and personal experiences." In other words, the subject matter was the photograph itself, an approach that his contemporaries in painting mirrored. This gorgeous book, published by Blind Spot Books, suitably honors one whose work will endure.
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