Josef Albers, ‘GB 2’, 1969, Zeit Contemporary Art
Josef Albers, ‘GB 2’, 1969, Zeit Contemporary Art

"If one says "Red" and there are 50 people listening, it can be expected that there will be 50 reds in their minds. And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different."

—Josef Albers

Image: 348 x 348 mm (13 11/16 x 13 11/16 in)

Sheet: 546 x 546 mm (21 1⁄2 x 21 1⁄2 in)

Signature: Initialed in pencil, titled, dated '69' and numbered. From the edition of 125.

Publisher: Published by Ives-Sillman, Inc., New Haven, for Galerie Brusberg, Hanover. Printed at Siroco Screenprints, New Haven

Brenda Danilowitz. The prints of Josef Albers: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1915-1976. New York: Hudson Hills Press in association with the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, 2001, p. 133, cat. no. 188

Estate of the artist
Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Bethany, CT
Alan Cristea Gallery, London
Private Collection

About Josef Albers

Josef Albers is best known for his seminal “Homage to the Square” series of the 1950s and '60s, which focused on the simplification of form and the interplay of shape and color. “Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature,” he once said. “I prefer to see with closed eyes.” His abstract canvases employed rigid geometric compositions in order to emphasize the optical effects set off by his chosen color palettes. Albers was highly influential as a teacher, first at the Bauhaus in Germany alongside Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, and later with posts at Black Mountain College, Yale, and Harvard; he taught courses in design and color theory, and counted among his students such iconic artists as Eva Hesse, Cy Twombly, Richard Anuszkiewicz, and Robert Rauschenberg. He is often cited among the progenitors of Minimalist, Conceptual, and Op art.

German-American, 1888-1976, Bottrop, Germany, based in Dessau, Germany, Black Mountain, North Carolina and New Haven, Connecticut

Solo Shows

Yale University Art Gallery, 
New Haven, CT, United States,
Small-Great Objects: Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas
Museum of Modern Art, 
New York, NY, United States,
One and One is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers
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