Westport 10 (1988) by Aaron Siskind

Westport 10 - Aaron Siskind - 1988

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TitleWestport 10
ArtistAaron Siskind
Art MovementAbstract Expressionism
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About Westport 10

Aaron Siskind’s “Westport 10” is a notable piece of abstract photography from the artist’s “Tar Abstracts” portfolio. The gelatin silver print was created in 1988, but the oversized version measuring 37 x 37 1/2 inches was printed in 1990. Siskind was a renowned photographer known for his close-up shots of weathered walls and cracked asphalt. His unique style earned him a place among the abstract expressionist movement. Aside from being part of “Tar Abstracts,” which consists of photographs taken in Providence, Rhode Island, Westport also has an interesting backstory. The photograph’s title refers to a location where tar paper was once stored before being transported for roofing homes or building construction materials. Through his abstract lens, Siskind transforms the ordinary urban landscape into an abstract work of art. Siskind spent most of his life as an English teacher and only began photography later in life. Despite this, some of his works are housed in major art institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. With its intriguing backstory and unique perspective on ordinary material, Westport 10 highlights why Siskind remains a beloved figure among abstract photographers today.

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