El Lissitzky. Self-Portrait
A lot was going on in image making at the beginning of the last century. Viewed as one of the most creative periods in art, the spillover into photography is evident … as documented in this show.
This exhibition, covering the period from 1910 to today, offers a critical reassessment of photography’s role in the avant-garde and neo-avant-garde movements-with a special emphasis on the medium’s relation to Dada, Bauhaus, Surrealism, Constructivism, New Objectivity, Conceptual, and Post-Conceptual art-and in the development of contemporary artistic practices.
The shaping of what came to be known as "New Vision" photography bore the obvious influence of "lens-based" and "time-based" works. El Lissitzky best summarized its ethos: "The new world will not need little pictures," he wrote in The Conquest of Art (1922). "If it needs a mirror, it has the photograph and the cinema."
April 16, 2012-April 29, 2013
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