Like pre-World War II Modernists, particularly fellow Hungarian László Moholy-Nagy, Dóra Maurer works in multiple media—photography, film, graphic design, performance, and installations. Her works are both playful and informed by scientific observations, including mathematical and conceptual processes as well as theories about color and perception. For each of the images in her triptych Hidden Structures I–III, Maurer folded a piece of photographic paper in multiple ways, with each crease creating the range of geometric shapes that animate the paper. She also drew on various sections with graphite and then exposed the paper to light. In development, the graphite washed away. The resulting images become one document of various states of each sheet of paper.


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Artist
Dóra Maurer, Hungarian, born 1937
Title
Hidden Structures I-III
Date
1979
Medium
Gelatin silver prints
Dimensions
Image (.A): 11 5/8 × 16 1/2 in. (29.5 × 41.9 cm) Sheet (.A): 11 5/8 × 16 1/2 in. (29.5 × 41.9 cm) Image (.B): 11 5/8 × 16 1/2 in. (29.5 × 41.9 cm) Sheet (.B): 11 5/8 × 16 1/2 in. (29.5 × 41.9 cm) Image (.C): 11 5/8 × 16 1/2 in. (29.5 × 41.9 cm) Sheet (.C): 11 5/8 × 16 1/2 in. (29.5 × 41.9 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by Clare Glassell, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander K. McLanahan, and F. Richard Pappas in honor of Anne Wilkes Tucker with additional funds from the S. I. Morris Photography Endowment

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2014.680.A-.C
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

artist through Vintage Galéria, Budapest, Hungary, 1979; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, 2014