Behind the Back of God/Between Heaven and Earth

Object Details

Title:

Behind the Back of God/Between Heaven and Earth

Artist/Maker(s):

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

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Weimar, Germany (Place created)

Date:

1925

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

23.5 x 17.5 cm (9 1/4 x 6 7/8 in.)

Copyright:

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

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"A wealth of undreamt-of optical experiences that will be profoundly stirring to our emotions" is how László Moholy-Nagy described his fotoplastiks(photomontages). This entire composition resembles an opened parachute. From out of an aperture emerges a figure with flailing arms and crossed legs upon whom is superimposed a tribal person using a blowgun, his head located where the other figure's head should be. A child tumbles midway through the composition; a uniformed figure lands neatly in the sunflower-like fireman's net below. From his hands and feet three lines emerge, suggesting marionettes being manipulated by a higher power.

Exhibitions
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, (Cat.)