Colorado & Regional Art



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herbert bayer (1900–1985, Austrian-American)

oil on canvas

20 1/8 x 30 inches

herbert bayer was born in Austria and apprenticed in architecture in the city of Linz. He apprenticed at an architecture firm in Darmstadt, Germany before studying at the Weimar Bauhaus design school, where he was particularly influenced by his painting teacher, Wassily Kandinsky. bayer promoted the Bauhaus philosophy of unity between function and design, becoming an architect, painter, photographer, sculptor and designer of exhibitions and typefaces. He believed in a unitary alphabet—one that forms a single unit—which led him to only use lowercase letters (his name is left lowercase out of respect). From 1925 to 1928 he taught and directed typography at the Dessau Bauhaus. After a decade working in Berlin at Vogue and as director of the Dorland advertising agency, he immigrated to New York in 1938. There he worked on exhibition design for the Museum of Modern Art and completed graphic design commissions. He moved to Aspen, Colorado in 1946, invited by Walter Paepcke to serve as the design consultant for the Aspen Institute. His work in Aspen also included design consulting for Paepcke’s Container Corporation and then for Robert O. Anderson’s Atlantic Richfield Company. Health concerns forced bayer to move to Santa Barbara, California in 1975 where he continued consulting for Atlantic Richfield. His yellow, 85-foot-high Articulated Wall sculpture (1985) is a fixture of public art in Denver.

ON VIEW in Promenade Gallery 2

Signed "bayer 39" lower left corner

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Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

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