Josef Albers: Works on Paper
Preface by Nicholas Fox Weber. Text by Kelly Feeney
This catalogue for a traveling exhibition considers the working drawings and spontaneous studies of Josef Albers, beginning with the landscapes and figure studies he created before enrolling at the Bauhaus, to abstractions inspired by archeological sites in Mexico, to color studies for his famous Homage to the Square paintings. An essay by the curator Kelly Feeney notes important influences and explores the development of Albers’s “seeing.”
Publisher: Art Services International
Artists: Josef Albers
Contributors: Nicholas Fox Weber, Kelly Feeney
Designer: Grafik Communications, Ltd.
Printer: South China Printing Co., Hong Kong
Publication Date: 1991
Dimensions: 9 x 10 1/2 in (22.9 x 26.7 cm)
Reproductions: 46 color, 39 b&w
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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