Gyorgy Kepes, Five Works, (1938-1965)
One of the most pivotal proponents of the Bauhaustradition was György Kepes. Born in Selyp (Lőrinci), Hungary in 1906, north east of Budapest, Kepes studied under the Impressionist painter István Csók in 1924. He later befriended László Moholy-Nagy, for whom he worked in experimental film and photography from 1930 to1932, and with whom he became part of the inner circle of the Bauhaus. And it is here that Kepes first began to experiment with the light and shadow that characterized his work, particularly photography, throughout his career. After the dissolution of the Bauhaus in 1933, Kepes followed Moholy-Nagy to London, to continue his film work, finally making his way to America to work at the New Bauhaus in Chicago in 1937, where he headed the “color and light” department. Of all the programs the New Bauhaus offered—light, photography, film, publicity; textile, weaving, fashion; wood, metal, plastics; color, painting, decorating and architecture—the most important achievement at the Chicago Bauhaus was arguably the department under the guidance of Kepes, photography. The above are five examples of his work from various stages of his career from 1938 to 1965.
(images from top to bottom)
1) Lights, (1938)
2) Light Image, (1940)
3) Deformations, (1942)
4) Gate, (1948)
5) Plan of the complex ecological light environment for Boston harbor, (1964-1965)