WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2012/2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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studio palette composition canvas artist profile inspiration gallery imagination The Light of Day The Kepes Panels Make it Out of the Basement and into the Stairwell SYLVIA HAHN-GRIFFITHS writer art restorationand conser- vation drive a popular discussion, especially lately after the recent botched "restoration" of a fresco at a church in Spain. Around the world, heads were shaking in disbelief when an elderly parishioner at the church took it upon herself to make alterations to a 100- year-old painting. "There is no surer way of evading the world than by Art; and no surer way of uniting with it than by Art," Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once wrote. Value placed on art is as subjective as the opinion of what art is, but in the case of the Spanish fresco, one doesn't need to be a fan of a particular style to recognize when his- tory is being saved or destroyed. In describing a piece of art, 'feeling connected' is a term often used and, thus, when the art is damaged or even destroyed there is a sense of loss that transcends culture, religion, and language. Closer to home, a group of concerned art lovers have banded together to save a collection of art by György Kepes. The Wellesley Kepes Panel Committee's mission is to showcase and main- tain the work of this renowned artist as well as to preserve the rich artistic history of the town. György Kepes was a painter, filmmaker, photographer, and writer. In 1937 he left his native Hungary and came to the United States to work as head of the Light and Color Department of the Institute of Design in Chicago and, with fellow Hungarian Lászlo Moholy-Nagy, founded the New Bauhaus movement (www.chicagobauhausbeyond.org). In 1946 he moved to 152 György Kepes painting a panel with his wife Julie in the background. WellesleyWeston Magazine | winter 2012/2013

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