Untitled Photogram

Object Details

Title:

Untitled Photogram

Artist/Maker(s):

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

Culture:

American

Place(s):

Germany (Place created)

Date:

about 1923

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

17.6 x 12.2 cm (6 15/16 x 4 13/16 in.)

Copyright:

© 2015 Estate of László Moholy-Nagy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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"The organization of light and shadow effects produce [sic] a new enrichment of visions," wrote László Moholy-Nagy in a caption for this photogram. Eliminating shapes reminiscent of nature and seeking to explore the relationships of light, color, or tone and nonobjective form, Moholy-Nagy "painted" this picture with light using the cameraless photogram technique. He transformed unidentifiable objects into abstract representations of light and form. The softly blurred edges of oval, circle, and line reverberate with luminosity, while the small burst of light at the lower right streaks through the rich black tone like a miniscule comet.

Exhibitions
Florence Henri In Context (December 16, 1991 to February 23, 1992)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, (Los Angeles), December 16, 1991 to February 23, 1992
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
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
Albers and Moholy-Nagy: From Bauhaus to the New World (March 9, 2006 to January 21, 2007)
  • Tate Modern, (London), March 9 to June 4, 2006
  • Kunsthalle Bielefeld, June 25 to October 1, 2006
  • Whitney Museum of American Art, (New York), November 2, 2006 to January 21, 2007
Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928-1939 (February 25, 2011 to March 11, 2012)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 25, 2011 to March 11, 2012
  • Arthur M. Sackler Museum, (Cambridge), March 30 to June 2, 2012
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
Bibliography

Heckert, Virginia. Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography, exh. cat. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2015), pp. 10-11, fig. 2.