Art: Message in a Bottle

One day in 1920 a young Hungarian art student got mad at his work. He was sketching a routine, academic still life; it seemed to him "there were too many shapes pressed into a chaotic arrangement." So he took scissors, cut away some parts of the study, turned it to an angle of 90°. Friends scoffed at his mutilated picture, but it gave him "a feeling of indescribable happiness."

Thus toothy, ebullient Láózlo Moholy-Nagy took his first step on the straight & narrow path of "nonobjective" art. It was not always so delightful as...

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