The current exhibition at James Barron Art in Kent offers a rare opportunity to appreciate Siskind’s breakthrough photographs of, as the artist put it, “the detritus of our world which I am combing for meaning”. Moving away from illustration, Siskind embraced the seemingly insignificant markings of time, the random traces of removed broadsides, the vestiges of old graffiti, the tracks of a rubber tire. He extracted them from their urban origins, placing them within the grand arena of painting. The show also reveals a lesser-known dimension of mid-twentieth century modernism an era that is often understood as a monolithic and painting-centric.
Aaron Siskind, A Painter’s Photographer will be on view at James Barron Art through April 21. Gallery hours: Thursday and Friday 12 to 4, Saturday 12 to 5, and by appointment.
James Barron Art
17 Old Barn Road