Summer 1941 • Vol. III No. 3 Editor's Notes |

Moholy-Nagy’s New Arts

When Mr. Moholy-Nagy came to the United States, it meant, evidently, that here would develop the abstract and "constructivist" arts for which he is famous. That such arts are possible is indicated not only in their actual effects, but in the prosperity of the analogous art of music, which composes with pure or abstract sounds. His new arts compose with highly technical or mechanical elements, such as come out of the physics laboratory. If his abstract designing and photography are difficult for our reception, that may be due entirely to two simple considerations: first, that they are new arts, to which we must condition ourselves before we understand them readily; and, quite a considerable barrier, that they compete in our minds with the less severe or "representational" mode of painting, in which the representation was of familiar natural objects. In the February-March number of A-D, Mr. Moholy-Nagy gives an interesting little story which relates the new sort of art very specia

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