new-york

“After De Stijl”

Prakapas Gallery

In the late ’20s and early ’30s a remarkable group of photographers from throughout Europe lived and worked in Holland, drawn both by its political neutrality and its thriving art scene. These immigrants—who included László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Citroen, Erwin Blumenfeld, Erich Salomon, and Germaine Krull—combined with local photographers and artists such as Piet Zwart, Cas Oorthuys, Paul Schuitema, and others to form an exceptionally fertile photographic milieu. Central to this surprising concurrence of artists were the various strains of Modernism (especially Constructivism) the arrivals brought with them, as well as the bracing astringency of Holland’s homegrown variety, De Stijl. This show featured examples of work from this short blossoming by these and other artists, and offered a glimpse of a little-known manifestation of the so-called “New Photography” then widely prevalent in Europe.

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