László Moholy-Nagy : biographical writings

by Kaplan, Louis, 1960-

Format: Print Book 1995
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction N6822.5.M63 K36 1995
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  N6822.5.M63 K36 1995
Marking the centenary of the birth of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), this book offers a new approach to the Bauhaus artist and theorist's multifaceted life and work--an approach that redefines the very idea of biographical writing.
In Laszlo Moholy-Nagy , Louis Kaplan applies the Derridean deconstructivist model of the "signature effect" to an intellectual biography of a Constructivist artist. Inhabiting the borderline between life and work, the book demonstrates how the signature inscribed by "Moholy" operates in a double space, interweaving signified object and signifying matter, autobiography and auto-graphy. Through interpretative readings of over twenty key artistic and photographic works, Kaplan graphically illustrates Moholy's signature effect in action. He shows how this effect plays itself out in the complex of relations between artistic originality and plagiarism, between authorial identity and anonymity, as well as in the problematic status of the work of art in the age of technical reproduction. In this way, the book reveals how Moholy's artistic practice anticipates many of the issues of postmodernist debate and thus has particular relevance today. Consequently, Kaplan clarifies the relationship between avant-garde Constructivism and contemporary deconstruction.
This new and innovative configuration of biography catalyzed by the life writing of Moholy-Nagy will be of critical interest to artists and writers, literary theorists, and art historians.
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Subjects Moholy-Nagy, László, -- 1895-1946.
Artists -- Hungary -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Art, Hungarian -- 20th century.
Publisher Durham :Duke University Press,1995
Language English
Description xi, 232 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [217]-228) and index.
ISBN 0822315777
0822315920 (pbk.)
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