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

Aaron Siskind, an American photographer born in New York City in 1903, created the gelatin silver print called New York 2 in 1951. The medium measures 42.5 x 35.2 cm and is signed and inscribed with “New York 2 1947//Aaron Siskind” on the verso C side of the print. As an Abstract Expressionism-style photograph, New York 2 explores internal formal relationships rather than depicting recognizable objects. Siskind’s works can be found in art collections such as those at the Art Institute of Chicago, J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington D.C., among others. Heritage Auctions sold a gelatin silver print of New York 2 from Siskind’s collection. Phillips New York auctioned another print of this masterpiece a year after it was created. This piece not only showcases Siskin’s unique style but also captures the essence and spirit of his city- New York City- which is known for its towering buildings and bustling streets that never sleep. The gelatin silver print is an eye-catching representation of Abstract Expressionism that showcases how artists can connect to their surroundings creatively without having to limit themselves within traditional forms or recognizable objects while still conveying meaning through artwork.

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