Tom E. Hinson Curator of Photography
In this unit plan, students are introduced to the characteristics and properties of the following geometric concepts: lines, segments, rays, angles, skew lines, parallel lines and perpendicular lin
El Lissitzky (Russian, 1890-1941)
Gelatin silver print from a photogram negative, Image: 29.4 x 23.5 cm (11 9/16 x 9 1/4 in.); Paper: 29.5 x 25.6 cm (11 5/8 x 10 1/16 in.). John L. Severance Fund 2007.147
A figure peers through a magnifying glass at a negative of an image of Paris taken by Lissitzky in 1928. The artist’s interest in the photogram and negative images may relate to his experience of being x-rayed for tuberculosis in 1924. Later that decade, Lissitzky experimented extensively with positive and negative versions of photograms. A photogram provides a negative image of the objects placed on the sensitized paper. Using the photogram as a negative creates a positive print. Printing a mix of positive and negative images on the same sheet of paper allowed Lissitzky to add a sense of three dimensionality to the silhouettes.
"El Lissitsky: Experiments in Photography"Houk Friedman Gallery (4/17/91-6/1/91)"The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde, 1915–1932"Guggenheim Museum, New York (9/25/92-1/3/93)El Lissitsky: Experiments in Photography. Houk Friedman Gallery, New York City, NY (April 17–June 1, 1991).The Great Utopia: The Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde, 1915–1932. Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Germany (March 1–May 10, 1992); Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Netherlands (June 5–August 23, 1992); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY (September 25, 1992–January 3, 1993).
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