Moholy-Nagy: Future Present 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.
Many 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.
Contributing editor is Matthew S. Witkovsy, contributions by Carol S. Eliel, Karole Vaile, Julie Barten, Sylvie Pénichon, Carol Stringari, Stephanie D'Allesandro, Jennifer King, Olivier Lugon, and Elizabether Siegel.
This publication is issued on the occasion of the exhibition Moholy-Nagy:Future Present on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from February 12 to June 18, 2017.
- 324 pages, 9 x 12 x 1 in.
- 504 color and 7 b&w illustrations