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Chicago: Theobold, First edition. Black cloth decorated in silver. Photomontage dust jacket. Jacket with mild edgewear, including a chipped spine crown with adjacent chip to rear panel.

Interior unmarked and clean. Book design and typography by the author. The finest copy we have handled, enhanced by a very good example of the fragile Publishers dust jacket. A fine copy in a very good dust jacket. Rare thus. Kepes was invited to join the faculty of the the New Bauhaus and to head a curricular area in Light and Color. While teaching at the Institute of Design or New Bauhaus from to , Kepes enlarged and refined his ideas about design theory, form in relation to function, and his own term the "education of vision.

There he taught graphic artists such as Saul Bass. In , he published Language of Vision, an influential book about design and design education.

Widely used for many years as a college textbook it had thirteen printings, in four languages , it began by acknowledging Kepes' indebtedness to the Berlin-based Gestalt psychologists, and by asserting that "Visual communication is universal and international; it knows no limits of tongue, vocabulary, or grammar, and it can be perceived by the illiterate as well as by the literate…[The visual arts, as] the optimum forms of the language of vision, are, therefore, an invaluable educational medium" p.

In , Kepes had been one of a number of people Moholy was another who were asked by the U. Army to offer advice on military and civilian urban camouflage, in the course of which he viewed Chicago from the air. He alluded to this experience in Language of Vision, when he talked about natural camouflage: "The numerous optical devices which nature employs in the animal world to conceal animals from their enemies reveal the workings of this law [i.

From S. Giedion's introduction: "This book, written by a young artist, bears witness that a third generation is on the march, willing to continue and to make secure the modern tradition which has developed in the course of this century; or, as Gyorgy Kepes states it: To put earlier demands into concrete terms and on a still wider social plane. Step by step, Kepes follows the liberation of the plastic elements: lines, planes, and colors, and the creation of a world of forms of our own.

The spatial conception interconnects the meaning fragments and binds them together just as in another period perspective did when it used a single station point for naturalistic representation. Cassandre, E. From to he worked off and on with Moholy-Nagy and through him, first in Berlin and then in London, met Walter Gropius and the science writer J.

In he wrote his landmark book Language of Vision. This text was influential in articulating the Bauhaus principles as well as the Gestalt theories. In , Kepes accepted an invitation from the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT to initiate a program there in visual design, a division that later became the Center for Advanced Visual Studies c.

His own art having moved toward abstract painting, he developed a parallel interest in new scientific imagery, in part because it too had grown increasing "abstract. His theories on visual perception and, particularly, his personal mentorship, had a profound influence on young MIT architecture, planning, and visual art students. Each volume contained more than pages of essays by some of the most prominent artists, designers, architects and scientists of the time.

He was also a prolific painter and photographer, and his work is in major collections. In he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member and became a full Academician in Facebook Instagram Twitter. View Cart Checkout. Prev Next Out of Stock.


Language of Vision

Chicago: Theobold, First edition. Black cloth decorated in silver. Photomontage dust jacket.


György Kepes

After immigrating to the U. Kepes was born in Selyp , Hungary. In the same period, he was also influenced by the socialist avant-garde poet and painter Lajos Kassak , and began to search for means by which he could contribute to the alleviation of social injustice, especially as he later recalled "the inhumane conditions of the Hungarian peasantry. Kepes gave up painting temporarily and turned instead to filmmaking. In , he settled in Berlin , where he worked as a publication, exhibition and stage designer.


Language of Vision by Kepes Gyorgy


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