On the 131st anniversary of the birth of photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn, we in the library had the pleasure of a visit from collector and donor Raymond Machesney, who also might be Coburn’s biggest fan.
Were it not for the German Dada artist Kurt Schwitters, Lissitzky may not have received the commissions for the two Kestner portfolios, currently on view, which I recently blogged about. Through an introduction from Schwitters, Lissitzky met the president of the Kestner Society during a visit to Hanover in 1922. After hosting Lissitzky’s first solo [...]
Some of you may remember the El Lissitzky exhibition we had at the Phillips in 2006-07, featuring two of the artist’s striking 1923 futurist print portfolios, Proun and Victory over the Sun. On that occasion, artist Hideyo Okamura presented the prints in a dynamic installation inspired by Lissitzky’s art and the three-dimensional abstract rooms he [...]