Two exhibitions — one that wrapped up recently and the other ongoing — have spotlighted influential Hungarian photographer Laszlo Moholy-Nagy as part of “Modernity X Hungary — A Festival of Hungarian Modernism in New York,” a series of exhibitions, concerts and performances taking place through Aug. 14.
Moholy-Nagy’s fascination with geometry and perspective established a “new vision” of the modern world. Hungarian photographers of past and present, of fine art and photojournalism, have been influenced by this vision.
The curator of both exhibits, Gary Van Wyk, told In Sight that Maholy-Nagy’s presence in both shows demonstrated the “index of how extraordinarily diverse his practice was,” by fitting into the separate themes of abstractionism and social environment. The second theme is visible through the 1970s and 1980s, when neo-avant-garde and new-wave artists in Soviet-era Hungary used their artistic medium to express frustration against the repressive government.
The first exhibit, “Impact: Abstraction & Experiment in Hungarian Photography,” ended June 18. The second one, “Echoes: City, Society, Conflict & Self in Hungarian Photography,” is on display at Alma Gallery in New York until July 30.