New York 2 (1948) by Aaron Siskind

New York 2 - Aaron Siskind - 1948

Artwork Information

TitleNew York 2
ArtistAaron Siskind
Date1948
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
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About New York 2

The artwork entitled “New York 2,” created by artist Aaron Siskind in 1948, falls within the genre of photography and is associated with the Abstract Expressionism art movement. Featuring a monochromatic composition, this photograph exhibits a stark interplay of light and shadow on what appears to be a textured surface. The focus is on abstract shapes produced by the contrasting areas of blackness and varying shades of grey.

The image captures an array of angular forms and silhouettes cast across a multi-toned, presumably urban, backdrop. There’s a sense of gritty textural detail that is typical of Siskind’s work, which often elevates seemingly ordinary scenes into powerful abstract compositions. The central feature of the image is the striking division created by a vertical line, possibly a corner of a structure, suggesting a natural split of the visual plane into two distinct halves. The play of light transforms these otherwise mundane architectural details into a piece of art, inspiring viewers to find aesthetic significance in the everyday urban environment.

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