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György Kepes - From Visual Language to Environmental Art

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György Kepes - From visual language to environmental art, by Jean-Marie Bolay

Edition MetisPresses, April 19, 2018 - 288 Pages
Pith the scope of his activities and the importance and interest he gave to the many different kinds of knowledge of his time, György Kepes belongs to the great lineage of the universal men. Photographer, painter, publisher, theorist, designer and teacher, he was a key figure of European modernism at the time of its new rise in the United States after the Second World War.

From his close collaboration with László Moholy-Nagy in Berlin, to the founding of an interdisciplinary centre at MIT, to his teaching at the New Bauhaus in Chicago, Kepes has consistently promoted a dialogue between the arts and sciences in the service of an organicist vision of nature through the notions of form and order.

Starting from the study of visual perception, Kepes has built an artistic and theoretical practice making images and light his preferred mediums. A precursor in the field of ecology, he was able to draw on science to develop, from the 1970s onwards, innovative environmental thinking that is still relevant today.
This book offers a global analysis of all the facets of Kepes' work, from his abundant editorial activity to his various scenographic experiments, explaining its close link with the thought of ornament, a relationship never clearly assumed and often controversial.
A digital version enriches the content of this volume by providing the reader with access to descriptive sheets of Kepes' works, as well as many unpublished documents..
Jean-Marie Bolay is an art historian with a doctorate from the University of Geneva. Having studied in Geneva and Frankfurt am Main, he is particularly interested in contemporary art and the history of architecture and urban planning. He was thus led to study and question the work of the French artist Alain Bublex before devoting his doctoral thesis to György Kepes. He is currently a researcher at the Geneva University of Art and Design.
This book was made possible thanks to the support of the General Fund of the University of Geneva and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Geneva.

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