Josef Albers, ‘Variant II from Ten Variants’, 1966, Gallery Highlights
Josef Albers, ‘Variant II from Ten Variants’, 1966, Gallery Highlights
Josef Albers, ‘Variant II from Ten Variants’, 1966, Gallery Highlights
Josef Albers, ‘Variant II from Ten Variants’, 1966, Gallery Highlights

This work ships from Alpha 137 Gallery which is based in New York, NY.
Unframed

Variant II (1966), a silkscreen on Rives BFK paper with publishers' blind stamp, is from the well known Josef Albers portfolio "Ten Variants". This break away imagery from the usual squares is said to be influenced by Albers' visit to Mexico and his seeing the adobe houses which he has translated into this horizontal imagery in a variation of sizes, shapes and colors. This was a gift of Josef Albers to the German abstract painter Adolf Fleischmann, who is considered a precursor of Op Art. It was acquired from the Estate of Adolf Fleischmann.
Courtesy of Alpha 137

Signature: Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil on the recto (front)

Catalogue Raisonné: 173.2, Danilowitz

Gift of Josef Albers to fellow artist Adolf Fleischman; acquired from the Estate of Adolf Fleischman

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

2017
Yale University Art Gallery, 
New Haven, CT, United States,
Small-Great Objects: Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas
2016
Museum of Modern Art, 
New York, NY, United States,
One and One is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers
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