Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928–1939
At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
October 25, 2011–March 11, 2012
A highly regarded painter, printmaker, and draftsman, Lyonel Feininger (American, 1871–1956) was the first master appointed to the newly established Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany, in 1919. Like many other figures at the innovative art school, 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. Organized by the Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in cooperation with the J. Paul Getty Museum, this exhibition presents the first comprehensive overview of little-known photographs by one of the most important Modernist artists of the twentieth century. The presentation at the Getty is accompanied by a selection of Bauhaus photographs from the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition, tour, and catalogue were funded in part through the generosity of the German Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Dedalus Foundation, Inc., and the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer Jr. Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums.
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