Lyonel Feininger: Photographs, 1928-1939
Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; closed major holidays. Fri, Mar 30 - Sat, Jun 2, 2012
Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Museum
485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
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One of the most versatile talents of the modern art movement in Germany, the American-born Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956) is celebrated as a master of caricature, figurative painting, and a distinctive brand of cubism, but he also created a fascinating body of photographic work that is virtually unknown. Drawn primarily from the artist's own collection (now at Harvard University), this exhibition offers the first opportunity to consider his achievement within the medium. Focusing on the rich and productive period between 1928 and the late 1930s, when Feininger was experimenting with an array of avant-garde photographic techniques and printing his own work, these photographs range from early atmospheric night views made at the Bauhaus (where he took up the camera in 1928) to bird's-eye views of New York City (where he settled permanently in 1937). The Sackler Museum is the final venue for this traveling exhibition. Selected drawings and watercolors by the artist from the Art Museums' collections will also be on view.