Rinnstein (Gutter)

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Rinnstein (Gutter)


László Moholy-Nagy (American, born Hungary, 1895 - 1946)




Paris, France (Place created)




Toned ? gelatin silver print


36.8 × 27.3 cm (14 1/2 × 10 3/4 in.)


© 2014 Estate of László Moholy-Nagy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Here László Moholy-Nagy transformed muddy water rushing into a street drain into a study of light and texture. A strip of fabric that diverts water into the drain becomes a slashing diagonal line in the upper center, while the drain itself is transformed into a perforated rectangle reflecting light from its shimmering, soaked surface. Water seemingly flows in every direction as the layers of water and ground are compressed into a two-dimensional space.

This image was made during a summer visit to Paris, but Moholy Nagy's unique vision incorporated none of the Parisian landmarks or pictorial elements that dominated the work of most photographers in that city.

1994 -

Susan Ehrens Berkeley, CA, USA, Purchase

Vision in Motion: The Photographs of László Moholy-Nagy (June 27 to October 8, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), June 27 to October 8, 1995
Atlas (November 23, 2010 to November 2011)
  • Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid), November 23, 2010 to March 28, 2011
Hans Richter: Encounters. (May 5, 2013 to June 30, 2014)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), May 5 to September 2, 2013
  • Centre Pompidou-Metz, September 29, 2013 to February 24, 2014
  • Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin), March 30 to June 30, 2014