NEW YORK, WEST STREET 14
flush-mounted to Masonite, with partial title and date in ink on masking tape on the reverse, circa1949 (Aaron Siskind 100, unpaginated)
13¼ by 10¼ in. (33.6 by 26 cm.)
This warm-toned photograph is mounted to Masonite. As is often seen in photographs mounted to Masonite, the print surface exhibits some craquelure overall and there are occasional attendant losses. Scattered deposits of indeterminate nature as well as tiny deposits of original retouching are visible upon close inspection. There is edge wear and chipping, and the corners are bumped. The tip of the lower left corner is partially detached.
On the reverse of the Masonite mount, adhesive remnants and darkened areas suggest that hanging brackets may have been previously affixed. This was the standard presentation for Siskind's exhibition prints from the period.
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The presentation of this and the following lot - flush-mounted to Masonite and designed to be displayed unglazed - was used by Siskind in the late 1940s and early 1950s for his exhibitions at Egan Gallery, New York.