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'Paintings of Moholy-Nagy' gives only a taste of the artist's eclectic body of work

'Paintings of Moholy-Nagy' gives only a taste of the artist's eclectic body of work

When it comes to Hungarian-born American artist László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), the only thing more difficult than pronouncing his name is grasping the significance of his art. Partly that's because his artistic ideas often outstripped his ability to fully manifest them in his work. Theory regularly trumped practice. At the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, a modest exhibition attempts to come to terms with one part of the artist's eclectic output. It's only partly successful. "The Paintings of Moholy-Nagy: The Shape of Things to Come" is focused on just 14 paintings, mostly from the 1920s, executed on canvas, aluminum and various plastics. Given a...

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