Josef Albers


An important image in Albers' oeuvre, "I-S VV I" first appeared in 1940 as a painting.

While everyone is familiar with Albers' endless exploration of the square - there are a small number of geometric compositions that he created...and revisited during his lifetime.

This work (and the example Caviar20 is offering) was created as a large silkscreen published in 1971.

It is a classic Albers' geometric construction - where simple lines create dynamic and three-dimensional forms. The viewer can be easily lost in trying to understand the interaction of color. 

Art Historians credit Albers for fusing elements of American and European abstraction while influencing minimalism, hard-edge painting and Op art. This work is a paradigm of his contribution. 

It is remarkable to think that Albers not only influenced several generations of artists, but he actually taught many major artists including Cy Twombly and Eve Hesse.

Instantly recognizable and collected internationally, an abstract work by Albers is essential for the established or novice collector.

Josef Albers: historically important, hypnotic, instantly recognizable and sophisticated.

Additional images available on request. 

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"I-S VV I"

Signed, numbered 42/100 and dated '71 by the artist.


USA, 1971

31.5"W 18.5"H (sheet)

25.5"W 12.5"H (image)

Very good condition.


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