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Moholy-Nagy Future Present

Edited by Matthew S. Witkovsky, Carol S. Eliel, and Karole P. B. Vail

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This exceptional book offers a fresh and extensive examination of the work of pioneering artist László Moholy-Nagy (1894–1946). The first major American survey of his oeuvre in nearly a half century and the most extensive English-language book on the artist in thirty years, the catalogue offers an integrated presentation of Moholy’s production across a range of art forms including painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, film, advertising, and theater.

Over 300 works are illustrated in color, including the artist’s early paintings and photograms, his whimsical photomontages—all of which are reproduced together here for the first time—and late works in Plexiglas. Distinguished scholars offer new insights into Moholy's materials and working methods; the relation among writing, administration, and art making in his practice; and his influence on contemporary art. Particular emphasis is given to Moholy's American years and his leadership of the Chicago Bauhaus as well as his reception as a painter.

Matthew S. Witkovsky is Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator, Department of Photography, the Art Institute of Chicago. Carol Eliel is curator of modern art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Karole Vail is associate curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

The Art Institute of Chicago, 2016

324 pages; 9 x 12; 504 color + 7 b/w illus.