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Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

Sonnabend Gallery Uptown

In an informative exhibition of 27 photographs by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, the works are recent facsimiles made at the Hochschule für Fotographie in Munich from originals that date from 1922–39. They convincingly claim to be scrupulous copies, even to paper type and the nuances of exposure in printing. They also accurately follow the originals in the placement of the image on the sheet, so that the integrity of the edge is preserved, and no jazzy cropping intervenes.

The business of the edges of the image is vital. When an adequate formulation of modernism in photography is arrived at, a consideration of Moholy-Nagy’s work will have to enter into it. Most of the pictures are not openly beautiful, but they seem important and intelligent, as if the artist were denying us the easy pleasures that almost any halfway interesting decent photograph offers. These works appear dated, but in a worthwhile

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