László Moholy-Nagy (American (born Hungary), Borsod 1895–1946 Chicago, Illinois)
Gelatin silver print
23.9 x 17.9 cm. (9 7/16 x 7 1/16 in.)
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Not on view
Moholy-Nagy was a central figure at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau from 1923 to 1928 and at the New Bauhaus (later the Institute of Design) in Chicago from 1937 until his death. Both as an artist and as an educator, Moholy-Nagy used photography as a means of challenging conventions of visual perception and representation. Among the methods he advocated to promote the "new vision" was the cameraless photograph or photogram - at once the most direct and the most oblique of translations from object to photograph. Moholy-Nagy made this abstract image by resting commonplace objects on a sheet of photographic paper and exposing it to light.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on print, verso UR, upside down: "20. [encircled] #5154"
William Larson, Philadelphia, by 1975; [Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York]; John C. Waddell, New York (November 4, 1983)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings, Prints, and Photographs: A Selection," February 20, 1990–May 27, 1990.
IVAM, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia. "Moholy-Nagy," February 11, 1991–April 7, 1991.
Museum Fridericianum. "Moholy-Nagy," April 21, 1991–June 16, 1991.
Musée Cantini. "Moholy-Nagy," June 28, 1991–September 16, 1991.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 16," March 17, 1997–June 9, 1997.
This photogram has no inscriptions indicating the correct orientation.