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Vision + value (Gyorgy Kepes, 1965-1966)

Written by Oliver Tomas, 7 years ago, 4 Comments
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Between 1965 and 1966, New York book publisher George Braziller published a six volume series under the title Vision + Value.

The aim of the series, “…to stimulate the circulation of ideas, to find channels of communication that interconnect various disciplines and offer us a sense of structure in our 20th century world…,” encouraged interdisciplinary cooperation and sought to bring together the day’s foremost artists, scientists and scholars.

Each volume centred on a broad basic theme with the series itself speaking to the fundamental role of vision for human insight and expression.

The series included essays by such eminent contributors as: Rudolf Arnheim, Saul Bass, Max Bill, Marcel Breuer, John Cage, R. Buckminster Fuller, Karl Gerstner, Johannes Itten, Marshall McLuhan, Paul Rand, and many others; and was edited by renowned artist, designer and M.I.T. professor, Gyorgy Kepes.

Volumes in the series:

  1. Education of Vision (1965)
  2. Structure in Art and in Science (1965)
  3. The Nature and Art of Motion (1965)
  4. Module Proportion Symmetry Rhythm (1966)
  5. The Man-Made Object (1966)
  6. Sign Image Symbol (1966)

Kepes, G. (ed.), Module Proportion Symmetry Rhythm, New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1966.
Essays by: Lawrence B. Anderson, Rudolf Arnheim, John Cage, Ezra D. Ehrenkrantz, ANthony Hill, Erno Lendvai, Arthur L. Loeb, Richard P. Lohse, Francois Molnar, Philip Morrison, Stanislaw Ulam, C.H. Waddington

Kepes, G. (ed.), Education of Vision, New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1965.
Essays by: Rudolf Arnheim, Mirko Basaldella, Julian Beinart, Will Burtin, Anton Ehrenzweig, William J.J. Gordon, Bartlett H. Hayes, Jr., Gerald Holton, Johannes Itten, Tomas Maldonado, Wolfgang Metzger, Robert Preusser, Paul Rand, Robert J. Wolff

Kepes, G. (ed.), The Nature and Art of Motion, New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1965
Essays by: James S. Ackerman, Donald Appleyard, Gillo Dorfles, Karl Gerstner, Robert Gessner, James J. Gibson, Stanley W. Hayter, Gerald Holton, Katharine Kuh, Hands Richter, George Rickey, Hans Wallach, Gordon B. Washburn

Kepes, G. (ed.), Structure in Art and in Science, New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1965.
Essays by: Max Bill, Jacob Bronowski, R. Buckminster Fuller, Richard Held, H.L.C. Jaffe, Richard Lippold, F. Maki & M. Ohtaka, Pier Luigi Nervi, I.A. Richards, Eduard F. Sekler, Cyril Stanley Smith, Alison & Peter Smithson, Margit Staber, Lancelot L. Whyte

Kepes, G. (ed.), The Man-Made Object, New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1966.
Essays by: Christopher Alexander, Dore Ashton, Michael J. Blee, Marcel Breuer, Theodore M. Brown, Francoise Choay, Gillo Dorfles, Kazuhiko Egawa, Joan M. Erikson, Jean Helion, Marshall McLuhan, Herbert Read, Leonardo Ricci, Henry S. Stone, Jr., Frederick S. Wight

Kepes, G. (ed.), Sign Image Symbol, New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1966.
Essays by: Rudolf Arnheim, Saul Bass, Ludwig von Bertalanffy, John E. Burchard, Edmund, Carpenter, Henry Dreyfuss, Heinz Von Foerster, Lawrence k. Frank, James J. Gibson, S. Giedion, J.P. Hodin, Abraham H. Maslow, P.A. Michelis, Rudolf Modley, C. Morris & F. Sciandini, Robert Osborn, Ad Reinhardt, Paul Riesman, Ernesto N. Rogers, Werner Schmalenbach

Resources and more information:
Images on Flickr//
Gyorgy Kepes on Wikipedia//
George Braziller, Inc.//

About Oliver Tomas

Oliver Tomas is a designer and academic currently living and working in Vancouver.

  1. loicboyerMarch 11, 2010, 10:13 am

    Incroyable! Le premier fait ’90s à mort, on dirait du Vaughan Oliver!

  2. Sébastien HayezMarch 14, 2010, 3:01 pm

    Pas faux ! Je remplacerais la Braille par une anglaise et la sans serif par un Didone. Ajoute une grosse acollade ouverte en doré et y a bon !

  3. Lee TaylorDecember 2, 2010, 3:50 am

    I still hate myself for losing this set of magnificent books.

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