The Robert Koch Gallery presents György Kepes: New Bauhaus in America, including works by László Moholy-Nagy, Arthur Siegel, M. Halberstadt, and Henry Holmes Smith. Starting this season with thid September show, the exhibits will reflect the range of work that the gallery has exhibited and acquired during their 40 year history. In addition to commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the founding of the original Bauhaus school, the current New Bauhaus in America exhibition reflects the gallery’s commitment to the avant-garde which emanated out of Europe. Starting with the Italian futurists, this inceptive avant-garde movement included work by the Bragaglia brothers. The gallery currently has two exceptionally rare and significant Bragaglia photographs on loan to SFMOMA for their current exhibition, Don’t! Photography and the Art of Mistakes.
The New Bauhaus, later the Institute of Design, remains influential for later generations of artists and significant for fostering experimental work across disciplines with few boundaries. György Kepes continuously experimented with process and media and is recognized as a progenitor of the merging of art and technology. The New Bauhaus in America exhibition includes likely the most comprehensive and largest gallery exhibit of György Kepes’s work in decades, with 48 works, plus two collaborations with M. Halberstadt. Also included in this exhibition is work from others in the New Bauhaus milieu, including mixed media works by László Moholy-Nagy (gouache and ink on paper, serigraph on paper, and vintage photogram), along with photograms by Arthur Siegel, solarized photographs by M. Halberstadt, and experimental light and color abstractions by Henry Holmes Smith.
György Kepes: New Bauhaus in America
September 5 – November 30, 2019
Robert Koch Gallery
49 Geary Street
San Francisco CA 94108