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Description: GyorgyKepes(American, 1906-2001)Bio Compo Photogram, 1956silver gelatin photogramsigned and titled verso on print.

Biography from the archives of AskArt:
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.

Teaching:
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.
12"H x 9 1/2"W (image), 16 1/4"H x 14 3/4"W (frame).

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