Herbert Bayer (1900 - 1985) was born in Haag, Austria. Between 1921 and 1923, he attended the Bauhaus where he first studied typography and later joined Wassily Kandinsky's mural workshop. Bayer taught graphic design and typography at the school from 1925 to 1928. In 1938, he fled Nazi Germany and moved to the United States. He designed exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, including a highly acclaimed one that traced the history of the Bauhaus from 1919 to 1928. Following the end of World War II, Bayer was a consultant for the Container Corporation of America and later chaired the corporation's design department. From 1966 until his death, Bayer was a design consultant for the Atlantic Richfield Company, which commissioned "Double Ascension." During his long multifaceted career, he designed furniture and tapestries, executed murals, and was a photographer and architect.
The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, May 1999.