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László Moholy-Nagy. Construction in Enamel 2. 1923
László Moholy-Nagy

Construction in Enamel 2

1923
Not on view
Medium
Porcelain enamel on steel
Dimensions
18 3/4 x 11 7/8" (47.5 x 30.1 cm)
Credit
Gift of Philip Johnson in memory of Sibyl Moholy-Nagy
Object number
91.1971
Copyright
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Shortly after joining the faculty of the Bauhaus art school, in Weimar, Germany, in April 1923, Moholy had Construction in Enamel 2 and 3 made at a local enamel factory. He would later claim to have ordered them by describing them over the telephone, exaggerating both his distance from the manufacturing process that produced them and the degree of technological mediation involved. In doing so Moholy presented the artist in the modern age as producer of ideas rather than things. While sharing the same abstract geometric composition, the works use a mathematical progression to change its scale, highlighting the conception of the image as transferable data.

Gallery label from Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925, December 23, 2012–April 15, 2013
Provenance information
The artist. 1922 – 1946
Sibyl Moholy-Nagy (the artist’s widow). 1946 – [?]
Philip Johnson (b. 1906), New York. Purchased from Sibyl Moholy-Nagy, by 1967 - 1971

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