Josef Albers, ‘Mitered Squares (Miami Green)’, 1976, Caviar20

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
L'esprit du Bauhaus, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
2016
The Illusive Eye, El Museo del Barrio, New York
2015
Geometric Obsession, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

Solo Shows on Artsy

2015
Josef Albers, Pilar Serra, Madrid

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
Recent Acquisitions Spring 2017, Ludorff, Duesseldorf
2017
Spring Mixed Exhibition, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
2017
A Matéria da Cor, Galeria Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo
2017
Colour is, Waddington Custot, London
2017
2016
Recent Acquisitions, Susan Sheehan Gallery, New York
2016
L'esprit du Bauhaus, Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris
2016
The Illusive Eye, El Museo del Barrio, New York
2015
Geometric Obsession, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
2015
20th Anniversary Exhibition, Alan Cristea Gallery
2013
Linear Abstraction, Alan Cristea Gallery, London

Fair History on Artsy

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