By Louis Kaplan
In Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Louis Kaplan applies the Derridean deconstructivist version of the "signature influence" to an highbrow biography of a Constructivist artist. Inhabiting the borderline among existence and paintings, the publication demonstrates how the signature inscribed by way of "Moholy" operates in a double house, interweaving signified item and signifying subject, autobiography and auto-graphy. via interpretative readings of over twenty key inventive and photographic works, Kaplan graphically illustrates Moholy’s signature influence in motion. He indicates how this impact performs itself out within the complicated of family among inventive originality and plagiarism, among authorial identification and anonymity, in addition to within the complex prestige of the murals within the age of technical copy. during this manner, the e-book unearths how Moholy’s creative perform anticipates a few of the problems with postmodernist debate and therefore has specific relevance this day. for this reason, Kaplan clarifies the connection among avant-garde Constructivism and modern deconstruction.
This new and leading edge configuration of biography catalyzed by way of the existence writing of Moholy-Nagy may be of serious curiosity to artists and writers, literary theorists, and artwork historians.
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