Wols Photographs

Wols Photographs
Christine Mehring
ISBN 1-891771-04-3
Available 1999
103 pages;
9x10-1/2 in
68 b&w illustrations
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Published by Harvard University Art Museums.

This catalogue accompanies an exhibition of 1930s photographs by the German-French artist Wols (Wolfgang Otto Schulze, 1913–1951), who rose to fame in post-1945 Europe as the founder of Informel, an expressive mode of abstract painting. The exhibition is the first presentation of these photographs in the United States, and the first anywhere to consider the photographs not as studies for the later paintings, but as an independent, coherent body of work that resonates with European photographic practices of the twenties and thirties.

Reflecting that approach, the book includes an interpretive essay, a note on the dating and printings of Wols’s photographs, an introduction to and translation of the 1932 essay “The Photography of Wolfgang Schulz” by the Dutch cultural critic H. van Loon, an extensive bibliography, and a checklist of the exhibition (Busch-Reisinger Museum, February 13–April 25, 1999).

Christine Mehring is a PhD candidate in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University.