Uruapan 11 (1955) by Aaron Siskind

Uruapan 11 - Aaron Siskind - 1955

Artwork Information

TitleUruapan 11
ArtistAaron Siskind
Date1955
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
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About Uruapan 11

Uruapan II is a gelatin silver print created by American photographer Aaron Siskind in 1955. The photograph measures 9 11/16 x 12 3/4 inches and was taken in Uruapan, Mexico where Siskind explored the internal relationships of abstract markings on a surface. Siskind’s work often focused on the details of surfaces and objects, transforming them into flat surfaces to create new images that were independent of the original subject. In Uruapan II, he presents calligraphic markings or tattered signs on a wall as an abstract image that has no literal meaning. Uruapan II is part of a larger body of work by Siskind that explores relationships between form and texture. The photograph held great significance for him because he believed that it represented his “search for order within chaos”. He viewed the photograph as an example of his ability to create something meaningful from mundane subjects. In conclusion, Uruapan II depicts random markings on a wall transformed by Siskind’s artistic vision into an abstract image with no specific meaning. It represents Siskind’s desire to find order within chaotic or mundane subjects while exploring internal formal relationships in his artwork.

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