Metallic factures: László Moholy-Nagy and Kazimir Malevich

Maria Kokkori, Alexander Bouras

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In László Moholy-Nagy’s work, the concept of facture fused the material and immaterial, challenging preconceptions about its meaning, practice, purpose, matter and use. Facture was explored by the artist, in a way quite in tune with his Suprematist contemporaries, as an idea, a formless phenomenon, as well as a technological or scientific development. Exploring the significance of facture in Moholy-Nagy’s work, this article focuses on the theoretical and practical affinities that Moholy-Nagy and Kazimir Malevich shared in the early 1920s, as expressed in their approaches toward the creative process, with particular focus on the artists’ explorations of metallic factures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-291
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Music
  • Computer Science Applications


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