This weekend the Santa Barbara Museum of Art opens its latest exhibition, The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come. Showcasing paintings, photographs, and objects created by Moholy-Nagy throughout his artistic career, it explores his shifting relationship with paint and brush. In 1928, Moholy-Nagy proclaimed the end of painting and instead advocated the use of camera and film in pursuit of the marriage of art and technology as the way to teach viewers how to cope with the chaos of the modern world. But during the tumultuous decades of the 1930s and 40s, Moholy-Nagy took up his brush once again. The exhibition, and accompanying catalogue, is the first exploration of his reasons for a return to painting.
Contemporary art historian Joyce Tsai wrote the exhibition catalogue, which also includes essays by James Merle Thomas and Friederike Waentig. The 160-page book was produced by Marquand Books and designed by Margaret Bauer. It includes 60 color images of works in the exhibition.
The exhibition opens July 5 and runs through September 7, 2015. For more information about the show, visit the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; visit Yale University Press to purchase your copy of the catalogue.
Photography by Meghann Ney