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Artsy x Rago/Wright

This work is sold by a private individual and ships from New York, New York, United States

From the Collection of Idelle Weber.

This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by the Anni and Josef Albers Foundation, registered as JAAF 1961.1.122.

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Signed and dated to lower right 'A 61'. Signed, titled, dated and inscribed to verso 'Study for Homage to the Square: Deep Warmth 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.

High auction record
£2.3m, Sotheby's, 2017
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) , Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions
2021
The Roaring TwentiesGuggenheim Museum Bilbao
2019
Josef Albers: Sonic AlbersDavid Zwirner
2018
Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018Whitney Museum of American Art
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Study for Homage to the Square: Deep Warmth, 1961

Oil on masonite
24 × 24 in
61 × 61 cm
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ARW
Artsy x Rago/Wright

This work is sold by a private individual and ships from New York, New York, United States

From the …

Medium
Signature
Signed and dated to lower right 'A 61'. Signed, titled, dated and inscribed to verso 'Study for Homage to the Square: Deep Warmth 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.

High auction record
£2.3m, Sotheby's, 2017
Blue-chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) , Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions (3)
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