Josef Albers, ‘Variant MMA-3’, 1970, Caviar20

While Josef Albers is synonymous with his influential "Homage to the Square" series, his "Variant" motif is his other highly sought after and super iconic work.

With the "Variants" Albers combines both a colored grid and rectangles, by positioning contrasting or similar colors, he creates dynamic off-kilter and hypnotic shapes. The entire composition has a lower vanishing point which creates an optical illusions that there is actually overlapping color within the structure. Albers would ultimately create ten different color combinations in the motif.

This example, in black, elephant gray, ghost white, charcoal and a bright blue that would make Yves Klein jealous.

For this silkscreen Albers continued working with the legendary Ives-Sillman printing studio. However it was produced to celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 100 year anniversary.

Signature: Signed, titled, numbered and dated 70 by the artist. Metropolitan Museum blindstamp

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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