Aaron Siskind (American, 1903-1991) Untitled, circa 1950 gelatin silver print laid to cardboard 11 13/16" x 14 11/16"
Provenance: Collection of Richard Nickel, Chicago, Illinois Thence by descent to nieces, Nancy Nickel and Susan Nickel Brunson
Catalog Note: Richard Nickel became a student of Aaron Siskind at Chicago's Institute of Design in 1952. Siskind soon became Richard's creative mentor, which evolved into a lifelong friendship. In the early years, Siskind was generous in sharing his photographic prints with friends and those who assisted him. Nickel retained his early gifts from Siskind until his death in 1972. During the 1950s, Siskind, Nickel and other photographers at the Institute of Design often chose to display their works as frameless floating panels with the images cropped to the edges and held out from the wall with concealed wood blocking attached to the back. Without protective glass and frames, many became damaged or lost over the years. Nickel kept his Siskind panels in the safety of a wooden wardrobe in the bedroom of his home. An unmounted Siskind print of peeling posters was given a protective glass covering and displayed over his bed. These Siskind prints were retained by the Nickel family until consigned to this auction. — Tim Samuelson, Cultural Historian for the City of Chicago, 2019