New York

“Collage and the Photo Image”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

“Collage and the Photo Image” is a classic (meaning typical) Museum of Modern Art small survey show from its own collections. Most of the work in it is already familiar, and could have been predicted to be in a MOMA show with such a title. Thus it is no surprise that a show of this kind includes works by Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Heartfield, Moholy-Nagy, and Christo, etc. George Grosz’s The Engineer Heartfield was a surprise only because I had never noticed its collage elements, which is to confess never having paid much attention to it. Interesting for me in this show was the category formed—its conception and title—and the relation of specific works within it. All exhibitions form categories with definitions and criteria for inclusion; even in a one-man show, the category is the works, often recent works, of that artist. The museum situation is, however, more interesting

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