Photogram Number 1 - The Mirror / ["Der Spiegel. Fotogram Nr. 1"]

Object Details

Title:

Photogram Number 1 - The Mirror / ["Der Spiegel. Fotogram Nr. 1"]

Artist/Maker(s):

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

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Germany (Place created)

Date:

negative 1922 - 1923; print about 1928

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

66.8 x 92.1 cm (26 5/16 x 36 1/4 in.)

Copyright:

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

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László Moholy-Nagy created this abstract photogram by placing objects on light-sensitive paper and exposing them to light without the use of a camera. The title of this photogram refers to a mirror; the shapes in this composition may have been made using a circular looking glass and its reflections. The large size of the print, approximately two by three feet, suggests that Moholy-Nagy used an earlier photogram as a negative to make this enlargement, thus this image is a "mirror," or reversal of the earlier composition. The shadow effects of the circular and angular forms energize the space, suggesting movement.

Provenance
1984 -

Samuel Wagstaff, Jr., American, 1921 - 1987, Purchase

Exhibitions
Photographs from the Sam Wagstaff Collection (November 15, 1985 to January 11, 1986)
  • The Photographers' Gallery, (London), November 15, 1985 to January 11, 1986
Experimental Photography: The Painter-Photographer (July 5, 1989 to October 7, 1990)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), July 5 to September 26, 1989
  • Williams College Museum of Art, (Williamstown), July 28 to October 7, 1990
Arrows of Time: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (January 24 to April 2, 1995)
  • Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center at UCLA, (Los Angeles), January 24 to April 2, 1995
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
Capturing Time: A Celebration of Photographs (December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 1, 1997 to March 1, 1998
Photographers of Genius (March 16 to July 25, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16 to July 25, 2004
Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography (April 14 to September 6, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 14 to September 6, 2015