László Moholy-Nagy

(American, 1895-1946)

Gelatin silver print, photogram

Image: 50.6 x 40.3 cm (19 15/16 x 15 7/8 in.); Matted: 66 x 55.9 cm (26 x 22 in.)

Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund 1992.10



Sometimes the most literal photographs can be the most abstract. The influential painter, designer, photographer, filmmaker, theorist, and teacher László Moholy-Nagy was one of numerous émigré artists who arrived in the United States in the 1930s. In 1922 he began producing photograms, a process in which objects are placed directly onto light-sensitive paper and exposed to light. Here he has intuitively arranged wire, mesh, string, and thin plastic templates with geometric cut-outs to form an abstract, diagonal composition. Is it an inventory of works found in an artist’s studio or a mysterious dreamscape suggesting a world beyond time and place?

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