Kurt Kranz

Serial techniques and a repertoire of forms are of key importance to Kurt Kranz’s work. From 1930 to 1931, at the start of his training at the Dessau Bauhaus, the young artist undertook a number of photographic studies in Walter Peterhans’s recently established photography workshop. Between 1930 and 1932, besides selfportraits, Kranz also produced series exploring facial expressions and gestures, some of them in collaboration with the Bauhaus student Kurt Schmidt. In their experimental probing of the dynamic potential of the body as a tool of expression, these series of images connect the photographic catalogues of facial and gestural expression for actors in the nineteenth century with the performances of the young Bruce Nauman in front of the video camera.