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 of the artist and references the close connection to Abstract Expressionist painting 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 expressionist movement of the 20th century. His flat picture planes, the low depth of field and the focus on the surface structure resonate with the gestural paintings by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline. Siskind also shared an artistic ethos with many of these painters. He emphasized the way his own feelings shaped the image as he made it and became part of the work itself. Siskind inspired numerous painters in the beginnings of the movement in the early 1940s. He is thus rightly counted among the pioneers of abstract expressionism.
Aaron Siskind expanded the expressive potential of photography as much as the definition of abstraction. Through extreme close-up, an unusual angle and the abstraction from the narrative context, known subjects become abstractions, which can be re-experienced.
Galerie Julian Sander
Cäcilienstr. 48 50667, Cologne, Germany
September 09, 2017 to November 18, 2017