Josef Albers, ‘I-S’K (From Homage to the Square)’, 1973, Waddington's
Josef Albers, ‘I-S’K (From Homage to the Square)’, 1973, Waddington's
Josef Albers, ‘I-S’K (From Homage to the Square)’, 1973, Waddington's

Image/Sheet 25" x 25" — 63.5 x 63.5 cm.; 30" x 40" — 76.2 x 101.6 cm.

Published by Ives-Sillman Inc, New Haven
Printed by Sirocco Screenprints, New Haven

From the Catalogue:
I-S’K, 1973 is part of Josef Albers’s “Homage to the Square” series, an endeavour that the artist undertook late in his career is a delightful exploration of minimalism and the visual exploration of the chromatic spectrum. Not only an exercise in precision but equally an exploration of the relationship between each and every square in shape and in colour behaviour, via a scientific approach.
Courtesy of Waddington's

Signature: blind stamp lower right hand corner, signed, titled, dated ‘73 and numbered 62/100 in pencil to margin


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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