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Construction (Konstruktion)

Accession Number
1957/1.30

Title
Construction (Konstruktion)

Artist(s)
László Moholy-Nagy

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1923

Medium & Support
color lithograph on paper

Dimensions
23 1/4 in x 17 1/4 in (59.06 cm x 43.82 cm);28 1/16 in x 22 1/16 in (71.28 cm x 56.04 cm);23 1/4 in x 17 1/4 in (59.06 cm x 43.82 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser

Label copy
László Moholy-Nagy
United States, 1895–1946
Construction (Konstruktion)
1923
Color lithograph
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser, 1957/1.30
(Flip Your Field: Abstract Art from the Collection, June 9 – September 2, 2012, text by Celeste Brusati)
László Moholy-Nagy
United States, 1895–1946
Construction (Konstruktion)
1923
Color lithograph
Gift of Jean Paul Slusser, 1957/1.30

Subject matter
The basic forms and lines of this piece consider fundamental formal relationships and are in dialogue with Bauhaus ideas about architecture and industrial design.

Physical Description
Two tall, rectangular intersecting planes, one black and one white, create the appearance of a tall, minimal structure. Vertical lines of black and white add to the structure, which at its base projects slightly into a rough square shape that seems to delineate a kind of ground or base. The space around the structure is ochre.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Rights
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Keywords
Bauhaus
Minimal
abstraction
color lithographs
geometric abstraction
high-rise buildings
modern and contemporary art
rectangles

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