JOSEF ALBERS "PILLARS" 1970

If we were to play six degrees of separation in the art and design world, Josef Albers (1888-1976) would be Kevin Bacon.

Albers is connected to numerous movements and individuals who have defined visual culture in the 20th century. 

Albers was a student and later a professor at the Bauhaus in Germany. After the prestigious academy was closed by the Nazis, Albers and his wife Anni (a noted textile designer) emigrated to the United States.

While Albers is best known for his series “Homage to the Square”, he was an influential mentor and taught major artists including Robert Rauchenberg, Cy Twombly and Eve Hesse at Black Mountain College and Yale.

Art Historians credit Albers for fusing elements of American and European abstraction while influencing minimalism, hard-edge painting and Op art.

His work is instantly recognizable and collected internationally.

This composition is based on glass paintings Albers created in 1928. The influence of Mondrian is highly apparent. 

During the early 1970's Albers revisited some of these early works and revived the motif for a small number of prints.

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

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"Pillars"

Signed, numbered and dated 70 by the artist.

Metropolitan Museum blindstamp

From an edition of 100

Color silkscreen on Arches paper 

USA, 1970

11.5"H 10"W (image)

19.5"H 18"W (framed)

Period frame. New matting and plexiglass.

Note: minor humidity stain lower right corner and edge. Please see images 13 and 14. 

Work has been professionally re-matted to conceal area. Image has not been affected and remains bright and impactful. This is a final sale. 

 

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