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Fotogramm

Artist:
László Moholy-Nagy (American (born Hungary), Borsod 1895–1946 Chicago, Illinois)
Date:
1922
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
17.8 x 23.7 cm (7 x 9 5/16 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.228
Not on view
As part of the visual and technical experimentation that characterized the Bauhaus, the German design school where he taught, Moholy-Nagy made cameraless photographs, or "photograms," by placing objects on a sheet of photographic paper and exposing it to light. He used the technique to make abstract compositions with spatial, tonal, and gestural qualities that challenged traditional modes of representation.
Inscription: Signed and titled in ink on print, verso LR: "L. Moholy=Nagy // Photogramm 1922"; photographer's stamp on print, verso C [upside-down]: "moholy-nagy"; marked and inscribed in pencil on print, verso C: "oben // [arrow towards top]"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso, LL: "33 [encircled] 80.4.5.3."
William Larson, Philadelphia, by 1975; [Prakapas Gallery to Waddell, October 6, 1980]; John C. Waddell

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 7," December 12, 1994–March 12, 1995.

Moholy used wire mesh in a number of photograms. Compare plates 124, 141, 142, 148 in Andreas Haus, "Moholy-Nagy: Photographs and Photograms," New York: Pantheon, 1980.
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