walther collection

Final week! Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909–1949, featuring over 300 photographs by artists including Berenice Abbott, André Kertész, El Lissitzky, Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and more, closes Sunday. 

[Herbert Bayer. Humanly Impossible. 1932]

Final weekend! Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909–1949, featuring iconic works by Berenice Abbott, André Kertész, El Lissitzky, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and others, closes Sunday. 

[Osamu Shiihara. Construction of Hand. 1932–41]

Samuel Fosso, The Chief (who sells Africa to colonists), from series TATI, 1997

“In the 1970s, to develop an incompletely exposed role of film was to squander material, even though urgent jobs sometimes left him no other choice. And so he used the remaining film on the negatives for his own private purposes. The young attractive man slipped into the coolest outfit he had. He posed in tight shirts, dark glasses, short pants, on platform heels and barefoot.” – db-artmag.com

Samuel Fosso’s experimental self-portraits are currently on view at The Walther Collection in Germany through January 17, 2015.

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The photographer Samuel Fosso is widely considered one of Africa’s most important contemporary artists. Last February, amid catastrophic violence in the Central African Republic, Fosso’s studio was ransacked and much of his archive destroyed. Despite this, the Walther Collection in New York has managed to stage a solo exhibition of Fosso’s work.

All images copyright Samuel Fosso, courtesy the Walther Collection and Jean Marc Patras Galerie

This week at MoMA: new exhibitions of modern photography and contemporary painting open, the annual MoMA Film selection for Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You screens, & more.

[Max Burchartz. Lotte (Eye). 1928]

The Soviet political context of Aleksandr Rodchenko’s 1934 photograph, Dive, now on view in the exhibition Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909–1949

[Spread from P. Krasnov. “Profili masterov: Aleksandr Rodchenko” (Profiles of masters: Aleksandr Rodchenko). Sovetskoe foto, no. 7 (July 1935). Left: Samozveri (Illiustratsiia k detskoi knige) (Samozveri [Illustration for the children’s book]). 1926. Right: Pryzhok (s vystavki masterov fotoiskusstva) (Dive [from the exhibition of masters of photographic art). 1934]