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Collection Art-2D Collection
Catalog Number 1966.2.2.11
Object Name Print
Description "The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order -- Alfred North Whitehead. From the series, Great Ideas of Western Man," 1965, offset lithograph, after an original 1964 acrylic on board painting by Herbert Bayer. The vertical rectangular image contains what appear to be planets or moons in varying stages of expression, full to crescent, with some setting or rising. The moons are white, blue, red, orange, yellow, and purple. The ground is black at the top, becoming lighter in narrowing bands toward the bottom.
Number: 1964/1
Signature: unsigned
Date of original work: 1964

From a portfolio of 14 Offset lithographs editioned in 1965, published by Container Corporation of America in a limited print run (see 1966.2.2).

Label from The Collector's Eye (2014):
“The art of progress...”, Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947), from the series Great Ideas of Western Man, 1964
Herbert Bayer (1900–1985), Austrian
Offset lithograph
Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1966.2.2.11

Herbert Bayer helped shape the German Bauhaus movement’s ideas of bringing art to all aspects of the industrial world—from architecture to graphic design. Bayer made this lithograph as part of the “Great Ideas of Western Man” print ad series he created for the Container Corporation of America, which paired quotes from thinkers with works by modern artists and designers.

Featured are Bayer’s typical abstract geometric shapes and strong colors. It includes the quote, “The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order,” by the mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead. The highly influential ads ran from 1950–1975 in magazines such as Time.
Title The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order -- Alfred North Whitehead, from the Herbert Bayer Portfolio
Date 1965
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Bayer, Herbert
Role of Creator 2 Publisher
Creator 2 Container Corporation of America
Medium ink
Material paper
Technique offset lithograph
Dimensions H-16.5 W-22 inches
Credit line Gift of Container Corporation of America
Subjects Abstraction
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