By 1965 Albers was long established in both the U.S. and Germany, having done teaching stints at the
, where he began as a student in 1920 and remained until its closure under Nazi pressure in 1933—racking up the longest tenure of those who were involved—and at
, where he taught for 16 years before spending nearly a decade at Yale. His influence was made clear in the works of newly prominent American painters who had been his students, among them
, Eva Hesse, and
The 76-year-old painter had also settled into his iconic “Homage to the Square” series, which he produced in prolific quantities from 1950 on—and which formed the core of Mayer’s exhibition, as well as his retrospective at the Met six years later, the first at the museum devoted to a living artist.