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Abstraction

Abstraction

Abstraction

Abstraction

Date: c.1925

Artist: László Moholy-Nagy, American (born Austria-Hungary), 1895–1946

Medium: gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
image: 9 1/2 in. x 7 in. (24.1 x 17.8 cm)
sheet: 9 1/2 in. x 7 in. (24.1 x 17.8 cm)
Credit Line: Friends Fund
Object Number: 7:1983
Place made:Germany
Classification: PHOTOGRAPHS
Current Location: Not on view
Terms
Notes:In Abstraction Laszlo Moholy-Nagy explores the formal relationships between light and dark through the photogram, a technique in which light is projected directly on to objects, both translucent and opaque, that have been placed on photographic paper. During his time as an instructor in metal arts at the Weimar Bauhaus from 1923 to 1928, Moholy-Nagy experimented with works from unusual points of view, as if seen through the eye of a worm or bird. His interest in odd perspectives is evident here, where forms appear to float in space, while the winged shape in the center suggests flight. Though he never described himself as a photographer, Moholy-Nagy produced some of the most influential photographs of the twentieth century.


Provenanceby 1975 -
William Larson, CA, USA [1]

- 1983
Prakapas Gallery (Dorothy Prakapas), New York, NY

1983 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Prakapas Gallery [2]


Notes:
[1] William Larson lent 7:1983 to a 1975 exhibition ["Photographs of Moholy-Nagy from the Collection of William Larson", Claremont, CA: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1975, p. 41].

[2] Invoice dated February 4, 1983 [SLAM document files]. Minutes of the Acquisitions and Loans Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, February 23, 1983.
Exhibition History
Title: Mantegna to Man Ray: Six Explorations in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Date: Friday, April 26, 2013 - Sunday, October 27, 2013
Venue: SLAM

Title: Moholy: An Education of the Senses
Date: February 10, 2010–May 9, 2010
Venue: Loyola University Museum of Art

Title: Photographs of Moholy-Nagy from the Collection of William Larson
Date: April 4 – November 2, 1975
Venue: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges
Venue: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Venue: University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara

Title: Photography in Modern Europe
Date: May 14 – September 28, 1996
Venue: SLAM

Publication History
Title: Photography in Modern Europe
Periodical Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin
Edition: Spring
Year Published: 1996

Title: A Visionary Founder: László Moholy-Nagy
Periodical Title: Aperture
Edition: May
Year Published: 1982

Title: Saint Louis Art Museum: Handbook of the Collection
Year Published: 2004

Title: Prints, Drawings, and Photographs: Mantegna to Man Ray: Six Explorations in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Periodical Title: Saint Louis Art Museum Magazine
Year Published: 2013

Title: Photographs of Moholy-Nagy from the Collection of William Larson
Year Published: 1975

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