Whitney Museum

Albers and Moholy-Nagy

From The Bauhaus To The New World

02 Nov 2006 - 21 Jan 2007

Josef Albers, Upward,1926
Sandblasted flashed glass with black paint, ,17 9/16 x 12 3/8 in. (44.6 x 31.4 cm). Collection of the Josef and Tate curator Anni Albers Foundation. © 2006 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn and ARS, New York. Photograph by Tim Nighswander
Josef Albers and László Moholy-Nagy were two of the greatest pioneers of modernism in the twentieth century. This exhibition focuses on their individual accomplishments as well as the parallels in their work and examines their groundbreaking development of abstract art beginning in the early 1920s. Though their paths only overlapped for the five years between 1923 and 1928 when both were teaching at the Bauhaus, their artistic practice was informed by similar concerns, including an emphasis on material properties, the subversion of traditional boundaries between media and high and applied art, and a probing into the status of the work of art in an age of mass production. The artworks on view, including painting, sculpture, photography, film, and design objects, highlight each artist's most important and innovative work. A catalogue edited by Achim Borchardt-Hume accompanies the exhibition.

Tags: Josef Albers, Anni Albers, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy