Franz Roh: Photography & Collage from the 1930s

September 14 — December 22, 2006

Ubu Gallery presented an exhibition of more than 60 vintage photographs and 20 collages by Franz Roh, the German art historian, critic and photographer who not only defined the European avant-garde between the two World Wars, but who—as both critic and artist—influenced the collective trends seen in much photo-based work today. Ubu Gallery’s exhibition presents works largely from the 1930s, most of which are on view for the first time, and illuminates the possibilities of expression Roh coaxed from the photographic mechanism, particularly the negative print and the photomontage. Ranging from motifs of the female nude to the urban landscape to Surrealist-inflected collage, the works in Ubu’s exhibition attest to both Roh’s theoretical engagement with photography, as well as his singular take on a number of the experimental techniques which would define much of the “New Vision” in photography.

A catalogue produced in conjunction with the exhibition is available for purchase from the Ubu Gallery store.

ARTIST
Franz Roh

RESOURCES
Exhibition checklist
Press release
Announcement edition ubu #28
Announcement detail

PRESS
Foto Argomenti Magazine / October 3, 2006 / Rossella Bigi / 6 reproductions
Germany in NYC / October 2006
New Yorker / About Town / Oct. 30, 2006 / 1 reproduction (PDF)
New Yorker / About Town / Nov. 12, 2006 (PDF)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE FROM THE UBU GALLERY STORE
Franz Roh: Photography & Collage from the 1930s

SELECTED WORKS FROM THE EXHIBITION