William Larson, 1973
Eugene and Dorothy Prakapas, 1980
Sotheby's New York, Photograms by László Moholy-Nagy: From the Collection of Eugene and Dorothy Prakapas, 27 April 2005, Sale 8150, Lot 83
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, 2006
Valencia, Spain, Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Centre Julio González, László Moholy-Nagy, February - April 1991, and traveling to: Fridericianum Museum at Kassel, Germany; and Musée Cantini at Marseille, France, through September 1991
Herbert Molderings, Floris M. Neusüss, and Renate Heyne, Moholy-Nagy: The Photograms: Catalogue Raisonné (Ostfildern, 2009), fgm 235
Leland D. Rice and David W. Steadman, Photographs of Moholy-Nagy from the Collection of William Larson (Claremont College, 1975), p. 64
Catherine David, Gianni Rondolino, Andrei Boris Nakov, and Veit Loers, László Moholy-Nagy (Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, 1991), pl. 81
Catherine David, Gianni Rondolino, Andrei Boris Nakov, and Veit Loers, László Moholy-Nagy (Marseille: Musée Cantini, 1991), p. 209
The circular, wheel-like object appears in three other Moholy photograms, one in the Centre Georges Pompidou (fgm 234); in a photogram (fgm 134) and its positive (fgm 134A) in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.; and in the photogram (fgm 236) whose corresponding positive version is offered in this catalogue as Lot 21. The circle, triangle, and square could comprise a set of geometric toys or teaching aids, but the longer ribbed object is harder to characterize. Its repetitive circular shapes, and the angle at which it is placed, create a sense of depth that is crucial to the composition. Moholy’s careful structuring of the objects is balanced by the infinite space of the photogram’s dramatic black background.
Like the early photogram in Lot 17, the photogram offered here has an outstanding provenance: from one of Moholy’s associates at the Institute of Design in Chicago to the photographer William Larson, then to Eugene and Dorothy Prakapas. Along with Lot 17, it was featured in the important Rice and Steadman exhibition and catalogue, Photographs of Moholy-Nagy from the Collection of William Larson, and in the Prakapas sale of Moholy photograms in these rooms in 2005. For more information, please see Lot 17.
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