Moholy-Nagy at the Bauhaus

László Moholy-Nagy returned to one of the first manifestations of “writing with light” in his “photograms,” a term he coined, in which chemicals and light interact upon a support. The result of the strange ghost like prints captured and frozen by light was what he...

The Old Avant-Garde Fades

Until 1914, the words “cubism” and “avant-garde” seemed to be synonymous, but there were definite differences among the Cubist artists themselves. In the pre-war era, the Salon Cubists responded in a relatively cautious fashion to the examples of Paul Cézanne, while...

The Dandy of Harlem

By the 1920s, a new character emerged in America, specifically in New York, in the uptown neighborhood of Harlem. The “New Negro” made his and her debut. These New Negroes as the term went were often members of the “talented tenth,” or the highly gifted and...

The Ivy Look

The term “Ivy League” in reference to sports wasn’t coined until 1933 by a sportswriter Stanley Woodward, who said, “A proportion of our eastern ivy colleges are meeting little fellows another Saturday before plunging into the strife and the turmoil.” Woodward had...

Suiting the New Man

Who was the New Man who emerged after the Great War? He was young, untouched by fear, unwounded by trauma; he cast a wary eye towards authority and he disdained the mores and styles of his elders. And, it must be said, he invented his style, apparently putting himself...

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