Works of Romanian artists Constantin Brancusi and Geta Bratescu displayed at MoMA in New York

Several works of the Romanian artists Constantin Brancusi and Geta Bratescu are displayed  in “A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio” exhibition that can be visited between February 8 and October 5 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, reads the museum’s website. “A World of Its Own” includes about 180 pieces of roughly 90 artists, such as Berenice Abbott, Uta Barth, Zeke Berman, Karl Blossfeldt, Constantin Brancusi, Geta Bratescu, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Jan Groover, Barbara Kasten, Man Ray, Bruce Nauman, Paul Outerbridge, Irving Penn, Adrian Piper, Edward Steichen, William Wegman and Edward Weston. The exhibition analyzes various roles played by the photographer’s studio as anonymous space, depending on the period, context and individual motivations (commercial, artistic or scientific) and the photographer’s sensitivities, as this space can be a stage, a laboratory or a playground. “A lot of works belong to some international artists such as Constantin Brancusi, who deemed his studio as a photographic topic, same as sculpture. Another artist is Geta Bratescu of Romania, who lived in her studio in Bucharest in the 70s, during Nicolae Ceausescu’s communist regime, created a 17 minutes short movie, “L’atelier” (1978), purchased by Bajac for MoMA, heralding the video recognition in a photographic context,” reads the website. “For Bratescu, the studio was obviously a free expression space,” said the curator, a refuge from the pressure to create propaganda art for Ceausescu’s worshipping.

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