Biografie von György KEPES (1906-2002)

Birth place: Selyp, Hungary

Death place: Cambridge, MA

Addresses: Lexington, MA (1998)

Profession: Painter, photographer, educator

Studied: Royal Acad. FA, Budapest (M.F.A., 1928).

Exhibited: Grand Rapids Art Mus, 1939; K. Kuh Gal., Chicago, 1939; Gal. St. Etienne, NYC, 1940; AIC, 1944; MoMA, 1947; SFMA; Houston Mus. FA; WMAA; Carnegie Inst.; Corcoran Gal. biennials, 1963, 1965; PAFA Ann., 1964; plus others in the US & Rome, London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam & other cities. Awards: Guggenheim fellowship, 1960-61; Medaglia d'Oro, Convengo Int. Artisti Critici e Studiosi d'Arte, 1966; fine arts award, Am. Inst. Architects, 1968.

Member: NIAL; Am. Acad. Arts & Sciences (fellow).

Work: Univ Ill; Dallas MFA; Albright-Knox Art Gal, Buffalo; MoMA; WMAA; plus many others. Commissioned murals: Grad. Center, Harvard Univ.; Travelers Ins. Co., Los Angeles; Sheraton Hotels, Dallas & Chicago; Children's Lib., Fitchburg, MA; Church of Redeemer, Baltimore

Comments: From 1937-43, he was an important teacher at the New Bauhaus in Chicago where he introduced abstract photograms and innovative photocollage. For the next three decades, he continued his work at MIT, developing a nationally-known visual research center. Auth.: Language of Vision (1944); The New Landscape (1956); ed., Visual Arts Today (1960); ed., Vols. I-VII in Vision & Value series (Braziller). Teaching: head, Light & Color Dept., New Bauhaus, 1937-38; Inst. Design, 1938-43; prof. visual design, MIT, 1945-, dir. Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT, 1967-, inst. prof., 1970. Exh. designer: "Arts of the United Nations," AIC, 1964; Triennale de Milano, 1968.

Sources: WW73; Falk, Exh. Record Series.

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