Josef Albers


Josef Albers (1888-1976) is connected with numerous movements that have defined visual culture in the 20th century. 

While Albers' influence is well-documented, his connection to minimalism arguably does not receive the attention it deserves. 

This example from the 'Linear Constructions' is a fine example of Josef Albers' mastery of geometric form; rectangles and parallelograms interact evoking dance-like movements and appearing both open and in motion.  The work is another indicator that Albers was both an important practitioner of both hard-edge abstraction and minimalism. 

Albers created a number of all-white prints, experimenting with different printmaking techniques and using his signature geometric compositions. 

While this work is difficult to depict and present online, at Caviar20 we are always enthusiastic to offer Josef Albers. Elegant and hypnotic, this is a paradigm of Albers monochromatic minimalism. 

Josef Albers' work is instantly recognizable and collected internationally.  His work can be found in private collections and public institutions around the world, including the MoMA, National Gallery of Australia, and the Metropolitan Museum to name a few.

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"Embossed Linear Constructions (ELC)"

USA, 1969

Embossed inkless print on Arches watercolour paper

Stamped with the Gemini G.E.L. blindstamps and inkstamp

Signed, dated, and numbered by the artist

From an edition of 100

20"H 26"W (work)

Framed in plexiglass box

Very good condition.

Minor wear to plexiglass

Literature: Brenda Danilowitz, The Prints of Josef Albers: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1915-1976, 1999, pages 131-132, fig. 186.1-186.8


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