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Moholy-Nagy in Britain. 1935-1937.

Photographs by László Moholy-Nagy. Text by Valeria Carullo.
Lund Humphries, England, 2019. In English. 96 pp., 8½x11½x½".

Publisher's Description

One of the most innovative artists and thinkers of the first half of the twentieth century, László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946) emigrated to Britain after the forced closure of the Bauhaus, following his colleague Walter Gropius.

This book examines the two years he spent in Britain in the mid-1930s before moving on to the United States—two intense years filled with commissions, collaborations, opportunities, disappointments, artistic exchanges, and friendship. Moholy-Nagy was especially known in the UK as a photographer, his photos having previously been published in the Architectural Review.

In Britain, he worked as a graphic designer on books, advertisements, and London Transport posters. He worked as an art advisor for Simpsons' menswear store and designed publicity for the Isokon Furniture Company. He made a couple of documentary films—Lobsters and New Architecture at London Zoo—and worked as a designer on Things to Come for Alexander Korda. Although brief, Moholy-Nagy's English period represented the peak of his photographic activity. As well as the films and photographic essays for the AR, he was introduced by John Betjeman to publisher John Miles, who commissioned him to illustrate three books: The Street Markets of London, Eton Portrait, and An Oxford University Chest. He also worked with Gropius and Maxwell Fry on various exhibition designs.

Moholy-Nagy also gave lectures and wrote articles throughout his stay and The London Gallery held an exhibition of his work in January 1937. This highly visual book weaves a stimulating collection of images, documents and narrative to create a picture of the man and the artist during this critical and highly productive phase of his life.

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