Herbert Bayer Photographs: 1928-1934
Aspen, CO, September 20, 2018
The Aspen Institute is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, entitled Herbert Bayer Photographs, 1928-1934 on view in the Paepcke Gallery in the Paepcke Building. Organized by Aspen Institute Art Curator, Lissa Ballinger, the exhibit will be on view from September 20, 2018 through June 10, 2019.
This intimate exhibition of photographs, generously on loan from Jamie White and Andrew Sirotnak, and Paul Harbaugh, presents a selection of images Herbert Bayer created between 1928 and 1934, a time in which he was most prolific with the camera. Although he continued to use the camera throughout his life, he was never interested in continuing his work in photography as an art form. This small exhibition reveals yet another aspect of Bayer’s work that is less known and deserves to be better appreciated, not just as a moment in time, but how it was an essential part of Bayer becoming the complete artist and embodying the ideals of the Bauhaus.
Herbert Bayer Photographs, 1928-1934 presents photographs that are rarely exhibited, including work made when the Bayers traveled with Marcel Breuer and Xanti Schawinsky to Southern France, where Herbert worked on a series of photographs exploring Pont Transbordeur in Marseille. The photographs illustrate Bayer’s fascination with the geometry and angular perspective of the bridge – visual qualities that he was only able to realize with the use of the camera. Other photographs from this period are of everyday, mundane objects, abstracted to reveal an overlooked beauty in the simple composition of the elements. The objects transcend their function and are transformed into elegant abstracted shapes. In their spontaneity and immediacy, Bayer’s photographs invite the viewer to revel in a newfound formal beauty of his surroundings.
This exhibit continues a commitment from the Aspen Institute to formally study and promote the work of this formidable Bauhaus artist who was integral to the creation and design of the Aspen Institute.