GYÖRGY KEPES (Hungarian b. 1906-2001)

Hungarian born artist György Kepes studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. Originally trained in impressionist styles he soon felt attracted to the abstract visual language of the avant-garde and expressed a keen interest in the technological potential to depict the visible world, in particular the effects of light. 

While teaching at Brooklyn College, Kepes published the Language of Vision in 1944, which set out his theories on the impact of the “new” technologies of photography, cinema, and television on visual culture. In 1945, Kepes was invited to establish a program in at the School of Architecture and Planning at M.I.T to study visual design. It was through his position at M.I.T. that Kepes began to explore more systematically the relationship between art and science, which was the driving force in the later years of his career.