Josef Albers: Sublime Optics

Edited by Nicholas Fox Weber. Texts by PierCarla Delpiano, Nicholas Fox Weber, Nick Murphy, Paolo Papone, Marco Pierini, Colm Tóibín, and Julie Agoos

The spiritual elements in Josef Albers’s work are considered in this beautifully illustrated catalogue for an exhibition. The book includes large-scale reproductions of rare early drawings, photographs, stained-glass assemblages, Structural Constellations, and a range of abstract paintings, including examples from his Homage to the Square series. Essays by Nicholas Fox Weber, Paolo Papone, Marco Pieri, Colm Tóibín, and Julie Agoos provide context for Albers’s relationship to Catholicism (in which he was raised) and his sense of the mystical. 


Publisher: The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Fondazione Stelline

Artists: Josef Albers

Contributors: PierCarla Delpiano, , Nick Murphy, Paolo Papone, Marco Pierini, Colm Tóibín, Julie Agoos

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 11 in (24.1 x 27.9 cm)

Pages: 240

Reproductions: 86 color, 12 b&w

ISBN: 0000000000079

Retail: $50 | £45

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Josef Albers

Josef Albers (1888–1976) is considered one of the foremost abstract painters, as well as an important designer and educator noted for his rigorously experimental approach to spatial relationships and color theory. Born in Bottrop, Germany, Albers studied at the Weimar Bauhaus, later joining the school’s faculty in 1922. In 1933, he and Anni Albers emigrated to North Carolina, where they founded the art department at Black Mountain College. During this time, Albers began to show his work extensively within the United States. In 1950, the Alberses moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where Josef was invited to direct the newly formed Department of Design at Yale University School of Art. Albers retired from teaching in 1958, just prior to the publication of his important Interaction of Color (1963), which was reissued in two volumes in 2013. Albers became the first living artist to be the subject of a solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1971.

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