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Robert Mann Discusses Aaron Siskind

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Join us as Robert Mann, director of the Robert Mann Gallery, NYC, discusses the photography of Aaron Siskind.  Light refreshments provided.  Presented in conjunction with the exhibitionAaron Siskind.  The location of the lecture is Maginnes Hall, room TBA.  All LUAG events are free and open to the public.

Founded in 1985, Robert Mann Gallery is one of the preeminent photography galleries in the world. Through a diverse roster that highlights both a prominent group of contemporary artists and an outstanding collection of twentieth-century masters, its program interrogates the role of photographic medium—to capture or invent, purify or distort, and to take on new identities—while celebrating its unique history.

The gallery features work by:   Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, Walker Evans, and Robert Frank among others.

For more information, visit Robert Mann Gallery.

About Aaron Siskind: Beginning in the early 1940s, Aaron Siskind began to abandon representational work, favoring an abstract visual language similar to those used by his friends Franz Kline, Barrett Newman, Adolph Gottlieb, and Mark Rothko. Siskind also began to exhibit work at the Charles Egan Gallery, which specialized in Abstract Expressionism at the time. For the rest of his life, Siskind continued to explore and refine a vision that depended on the shallow plane, and utilized delicate, minimal designs. “For the first time in my life subject matter, as such, had ceased to be of primary importance,” Siskind explained. “Instead I found myself involved in the relationships of these objects, so much so that the pictures turned out to be deeply moving and personal experiences.” Siskind’s style of gesture and nuance, a new form of visual calligraphy, dominated his work for the next forty years, and ran parallel to the developments of his colleagues. Siskind was not only a critical figure in modern photography, but also influenced the work of painters of that period, including Willem De Kooning, Franz Kline, and Robert Rauschenberg.

Presented as part of Lehigh Valley Photography Month, November 2017, and the InVision Festival, November 3-5.