Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939

Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939 at the Getty Center. "...Painter, printmaker, and draftsman Lyonel Feininger (1871–1956) was one of the first masters appointed to teach at the Bauhaus, the innovative school for art, design, and architecture established by Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany, in 1919. Like many other figures at the Bauhaus, Feininger turned to photography as a tool for visual exploration. Beginning in 1928 and for the next decade, he used the camera to explore transparency, reflection, night imagery, and the effects of light and shadow. This exhibition offers the first opportunity to consider the origins of Feininger's photographic work at the Bauhaus and its development over a decade, expanding our understanding both of him as an artist and of the history of Modernist photography. A selection of photographs made by other Bauhaus masters and students, drawn from the J. Paul Getty Museum's permanent collection, complements Feininger's work and provides a context to better appreciate his engagement with the medium."


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