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Albers and Moholy-Nagy: From the Bauhaus to the New World

Nov 2, 2006–Jan 21, 2007

Installation view of Albers and Moholy-Nagy: From the Bauhaus to the New World (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, November 2, 2006–January 21, 2007). Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins

Installation view of Albers and Moholy-Nagy: From the Bauhaus to the New World (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, November 2, 2006–January 21, 2007). Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins

Josef Albers and László Moholy-Nagy were two of the greatest pioneers of modernism in the twentieth century. This exhibition focuses on their individual accomplishments as well as the parallels in their work and examines their groundbreaking development of abstract art beginning in the early 1920s. Though their paths only overlapped for the five years between 1923 and 1928 when both were teaching at the Bauhaus, their artistic practice was informed by similar concerns, including an emphasis on material properties, the subversion of traditional boundaries between media and high and applied art, and a probing into the status of the work of art in an age of mass production. The artworks on view, including painting, sculpture, photography, film, and design objects, highlight each artist’s most important and innovative work. A catalogue edited by Achim Borchardt-Hume accompanies the exhibition.