GYORGY KEPES (1906 – 2001)
Gyorgy Kepes was a Hungarian-born painter, designer, educator and art theorist. After emigrating to the U.S. in 1937, he taught design at the New Bauhaus in Chicago. In 1967, he founded the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he taught until his retirement in 1974.

In 1944, Gyorgy Kepes published Language of Vision, an influential book about design and design education. In 1965-66, Kepes edited a set of six anthologies, published as a series called the Vision + Value Series. Each volume contained more than 200 pages of essays by some of the most prominent artists, designers, architects and scientists of the time.

In his lifetime, Kepes produced other books of lasting importance, among them Graphic Forms: Art as Related to the Book (1949); Arts of Environment (1972); and The Visual Arts Today (1960). He was also a prolific painter and photographer, and his work is in major collections.

Abstract light study photograph by Georgy Kepes
Untitled (light study)

Untitled (light study)

1949, printed later

Gelatin silver print

6.75 x 5.5 in. image on 10 x 8 in. paper

Signed & dated in pencil on print verso