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Aaron Siskind
Terrors and Pleasures of Levitation
Terrors and Pleasures of Levitation, #63
Aaron Siskind, "Terrors and Pleasures of Levitation, #63"

The delightful Aaron Siskind show in the back gallery of Hasted Kraeutler gives us a new view of old work. Known for his semi-abstract images of wall graffiti and the rocky landscape of Martha’s Vineyard, Siskind turned the tables on his earthbound reputation to launch the Terrors and Pleasures of Levitation. These small, nicely done prints remind us how effective modesty can be, especially when compared to the giant prints glaring down on us from so many galleries around town.

 by unidentified photographer.
Aaron Siskind,Terrors and Pleasures of Levitation,#93

His work has the quality of dance, and it would not at all surprise me if his contemporary Merce Cunningham studied this imagery, for along with John Cage, Cunningham explored the possibilities of chance. Certainly here, in Siskind’s imagery, we can see the wonderfully unexpected forms the body can take. It might be very interesting to mount a show comparing this work to that of choreographers, particularly those coming from the Judson Dance Theater, such as Trisha Brown, Steve Paxton, and Lucinda Childs. Something that perhaps the Library of Performing Arts might do in some hoped-for future. As for the present, we can be thankful for this classically clean show of a classic master.

Aaron Siskind
Terrors and Pleasures of Levitation


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The Genetic Wars by Barbara Confino
Making Caribbean Dance by Susanna Sloat
Central Booking Magazine
Soho Photo Gallery