László Moholy-Nagy (American, 1895-1946)
gelatin silver print, photogram, Image: 50.6 x 40.3 cm (19 7/8 x 15 13/16 in.); Matted: 66 x 55.9 cm (26 x 22 in.). Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1992.10
One of the 20th century's most original artists, László Moholy-Nagy pursued his innovative vision in almost every medium: painting, sculpture, graphic and industrial design, filmmaking, and photography. In 1922, he began a long-term involvement with cameraless photographs or "photograms". These experimental images were derived from his constructivist-influenced painting and graphic work. In this example, Moholy-Nagy intuitively arranged along a diagonal center spine a variety of materials---wire mesh, string, and thin plastic templates with geometric shapes cut our in different sizes. Full of ambiguity, the image functions not only as a document of ordinary items found in an artist's studio, but also as a mysterious dreamscape suggesting infinite time and space.
CMA, January 28 - March 15, 1992: "Selected Acquisitions," CMA Bulletin, 80 (February 1993), p. 69, no. 112.CMA, November 20, 1996 - February 2, 1997: "Legacy of Light: Master Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art," see Catalogue of Photography, pp. 46-47.New York, NY: Whitney Museum of American Art (4/22/99 - 8/22/99), "The American Century: Art and Culture, 1900-2000 (Part 1: 1900-1950)" 298, fig. 576.The Cleveland Museum of Art (6/24/07 - 9/16/07) and Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittburgh, PA (10/3/2009 - 1/3/2010); "Icons of American Photography: A Century of Photographs from the Cleveland Museum of Art", no exhibition catalogue.The Cleveland Museum of Art (08/13/2017-12/31/2017): “From Riches to Rags: American Photography in the Depression”
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