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Lived/Active: Massachusetts      Known for: abstract-micro-organic, collage

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Gyorgy Kepes (b. October 4, 1906 / d. December 29, 2001)

Kepes was born in Hungry in 1906.  He was not only a painter but also a filmmaker and a writer. Kepes studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest where he studied painting under Istvan Csok during the 1920’s.  Kepes was invited to join the design studio of Hungarian photographer Laszo Mohonly-Nagy in Berlin.  He then followed Mohonly to London in 1936.  It was in London that Kepes met his wife, artist and illustrator, Juliet Appleby.  In 1937, he emigrated to the United States.

New Bauhaus in Chicago / late 1937-1943 teaching design
Brooklyn College / 1942 teaching graphic art
School of Architecture and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology / 1947  teaching visual design
Founder of Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT / 1967-1974

While teaching at MIT, Kepes'  art became abstract.  This lead him to pursue an art style known as “new scientific imagery.”  Kepes continued to teach at MIT until his retirement in 1974.  Kepes made numerous pieces in connection to lighting. The first programmable lightwall made by an artist in 1949 on the elevation of Radio Shack in Boston; the kinetic lightwall of the KLM headquarters carried out in 1959; New York Times Square’s kinetic wall; Cambridge Harvard Square subway station. His lighting artwork is presented in numerous places including Chicago and San Francisco.

Solo Exhibitions:
2012 Paintings & Photographs 1940s - 1980s - Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
2008 The art of the light - MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen
1984 Light Graphics - ICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NY
1978 Kepes at the Henry - Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
1958 Paintings - Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Language of Vision. Chicago: Paul Theobald, 1944. Reissued: New York: Dover Publications, 1995.
Graphic Forms: The Arts as Related to the Book. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1949.
The New Landscape in Art and Science. Chicago: Paul Theobald, 1956.
Vision + Value Series, including The Education of Vision. Structure in Art and Science. The Nature and Art of Motion. Module, Symmetry, Proportion, Rhythm. Sign, Image, Symbol. The Man-Made Object. New York: George Braziller, 1965-66.
The Visual Arts Today. Wesleyan University Press, 1966.
The Lost Pageantry of Nature. Artscanada, pages 33–39, Dec 1968.
Arts of Environment. New York: George Braziller, 1972.
György Kepes: The MIT Years 1945-77. Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 1978.
György Kepes, Lucian Bernard, and Ivan Chermayeff. The 60th Art Directors Annual. New York: ADC Publications, 1981

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