Blurred ribbon shapes of swirls and stars; dark background, extended exposure of a rotating light ribbon; most noticeable shapes include swirls at top center and star-like image at lower left center

Untitled, 1937-1944

László Moholy-Nagy was a leading figure of the Bauhaus, a modern art and design school founded by the architect Walter Gropius, as well as being a prominent member of the related New Objectivity Movement. Moholy-Nagy worked as a painter, graphic artist, photographer, and teacher, and he produced this image without a camera by arranging objects directly on a sheet of photo paper and exposing it to light. The resulting photogram is a negative shadow image with tonal variations. Although this process was used by photographers in the 1800s and popularized as a children’s amusement, 20th-century avant-garde artists revived it as a way to embrace abstraction and explore the optical properties of light.

Details
Title
Untitled
Artist Life
American (born Hungary), 1895–1946
Role
Photographer
Accession Number
99.9
Curator Approved

This record has been reviewed by our curatorial staff but may be incomplete. These records are frequently revised and enhanced. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@artsmia.org.

Does something look wrong with this image? Let us know

Zoom in on the left to the detail you'd like to save. Click 'Save detail' and wait until the image updates. Right click the image to 'save image as' or copy link, or click the image to open in a new tab.

Blurred ribbon shapes of swirls and stars; dark background, extended exposure of a rotating light ribbon; most noticeable shapes include swirls at top center and star-like image at lower left center