Albers and Moholy-Nagy

From the Bauhaus to the New World

Achim Borchardt-Hume, editor; Contributions by Hal Foster, Hattula Moholy-Nagy, Terence A. Senter. Nicholas Fox Weber, and Michael White

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This beautifully illustrated book highlights the contrasts and correspondences in the lives and work of two of  Modernism’s greatest innovators, Josef Albers (1888–1976) and László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1947). Beginning in the 1930s, Albers and Moholy-Nagy each developed a rigorously abstract language that condensed art to its visual fundamentals: line, color, texture, light, and form. This language experienced a creative explosion during their Bauhaus years, when both artists moved freely between media and disciplines. Essays by leading scholars follow the artists’ separate paths through to their emigration to the United States, where each continued to push tirelessly the conventions of artistic practice—Albers at Black Mountain College in North Carolina and then at Yale University, and Moholy-Nagy in Chicago at the New Bauhaus School and the Institute of Design. As highly influential teachers, Albers and Moholy-Nagy became important catalysts for the transmission of Modernist ideas from Europe to America.
Spanning four decades and featuring works in a variety of media, including painting, collage, glass, moving sculpture, photography, film, furniture, and graphic design, Albers and Moholy-Nagy reveals for the first time the range of achievement of these two important figures and is essential to our understanding of the evolution of Modernism.

Achim Borchardt-Hume is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Tate Modern. Hal Foster is Townsend Martin ’17 Professor and Chair of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. Hattula Moholy-Nagy is the daughter of László Moholy-Nagy. Terence A. Senter organized the first major Moholy-Nagy exhibition in the United Kingdom in 1980. Nicholas Fox Weber is Executive Director of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. Michael White is lecturer in the history of art at the University of York.


Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany (June 25 – October 1, 2006)

Tate Modern, London (March 9 – June 4, 2006)

Whitney Museum of American Art (November 2, 2006 – January 21, 2007)

"Albers and Moholy-Nagy captivates readers with the work and the lives of two of Modernism's greatest innovators, Josef Albers and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Full-color photos hinting at the the depth of each artist's work fill the pages along with brief, but insightful looks into the lives and travels of each artist and their individual arrivals in the United States."—Step Inside Design

"Well-illustrated with excellent reproductions."—Art Times

"A truly absorbing title."—Library Journal

“This catalogue explores the influence of two Bauhaus innovators Josef Albers and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, who both taught there from 1923 to 1928, and both later emigrated to America, bringing their modernist philosophies to a new generation of student designers. . . . The generous color plates beautifully illustrate the principles, similarities, and differences between these artists, and help us visualize the progression of ideas and execution in each artist’s work.”— Ellen Howards, Art New England (Editor’s picks for Holiday Books)


ISBN: 9780300120325
Publication Date: July 24, 2006
Publishing Partner: Tate Publishing
192 pages, 9 x 10 3/4
170 4/c + 20 b/w

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