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The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come (Hardcover)

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Joyce Tsai is assistant professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of Florida, Gainesville. 
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) became notorious for the declarations he made about the end of painting, encouraging artists to exchange brush, pigment, and canvas for camera, film, and searchlight. Even as he made these radical claims, he painted throughout his career. The practice of painting enabled Moholy-Nagy to imagine generative relationships between art and technology, and to describe the shape that future possibilities might take. Joyce Tsai illuminates the evolution of painting’s role for Moholy-Nagy through key periods in his career: at the German Bauhaus in the 1920s, in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom in the early 1930s, and as director of the New Bauhaus in Chicago in the last decade of his life. The book also includes an introduction to the history, qualities, and significance of plastic materials that Moholy-Nagy used over the course of his career, and an essay on how his project of shaping habitable space in his art and writing resonated with artists and industrial designers in the 1960s and 1970s. 


ISBN 9780300209976
Genre ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
Format Hardcover
Pages 160
Publisher Date 2015-06-30 00:00:00.0
Publisher Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Copyright Year 2015
Height 12.25 in
Wdth 9.0 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 2.52 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Shape of Things to Come
Audience College/higher education
Authors Tsai, Joyce
Country of Origin United States
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