The Photogram: 1918–1948

January 23 — March 6, 1999

This exhibition surveyed the historical development of a unique photographic process: an abstract marriage of light and chemistry made without the objectifying presence of the camera. A photogram is essentially a one-of-a-kind negative image created by placing objects on a sheet of photographic paper that is exposed to light and then developed and processed in the manner of a normal photographic print. Through works by over 25 masters and students, “plastic artists” and photographers who were fascinated by the photogram’s “non-objective” and “automatic” qualities, the exhibition at Ubu Gallery explored the depth of this simple, fluid process.

ARTISTS
Robert Disraeli, Frantisek Drtikol, Jane Edwards, Werner Feist, Gene Fenn, Heinz Hajek-Halke, Harold Leroy Harvey, Jindrich Heisler, Karol Hiller, Marta Hoepffner, Gyorgy Kepes, Edmund Kesting, Willy Kessels, Milos Korececk, Fred G. Korth, Jerzy Kujawski, E.L.T. Mesens, László Moholy-Nagy, Jean Mowat, Oskar Nerlinger, Margaret de Patta, Man Ray, David Robbins, Jaroslav Rössler, Theodore Roszak, Christian Schad, Arthur Siegel, Maurice Tabard, Stefan Themerson, Georg Trump, Luigi Veronesi, Andreas Walser, Georgii Zimin and Ziubkova

PRESS
The New York Times / Photography Review / February 26, 1999 / Margarett Loke / 1 reproduction
Art on Paper / Museum & Gallery Reviews / July – August 1999 / Barbara Michaels / 2 reproductions

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