JOSEF ALBERS "VARIANT II" SILKSCREEN, 1966

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Josef Albers (1888-1976) "Ten Variants" series is one of his most complex and iconic creations.

Executed in 1966, Albers had recently begun to explore the possibilities of printmaking using silkscreens. 

Albers continued his creative relationship with Ives-Sillman, with whom he had been printing with since the early 1960's

In "Ten Variants" Albers combines both a colored grid and rectangles. Similar to his "Homage to the Square" the positioning of contrasting or similar colors together creates additional dynamic shapes. 

In this series the composition has a lower vanishing point which creates an optical illusions that there is actually overlapping color within the structure. 

Silkscreen, rather than serigraph or woodcut, was the ideal medium to create flat, dense and dynamic shapes of color. 

This work is a paradigm of Albers' signature aesthetic; the influence of both American and European abstraction that anticipates minimalism, hard-edge painting and Op art.

The series was created during the apex of Albers' career. Beginning in 1965 and continuing through 1967 a major retrospective was organized and debuted at MoMA (New York City) that would travel to eight museums across the United States and 12 in Latin America.  

To see another prime example of his work, and to learn more about Josef Albers, click here. 

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"Variant II"

Signed, titled and numbered 69/200 by the artist.

Color silkscreen

USA, 1966

11"H 11"W (work)

17"H 17"W (framed)

Very good condition.

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