JOSEF ALBERS "SLATE AND SKY" SILKSCREEN, 1964

The interplay of color arranged in a grouping of squares is classic Josef Albers (1888-1976). Throughout his career he explored this obsession, realizing this fascinating geometric interplay in a host of colors.

Typically, Albers uses clinical non-expressive titles such as abbreviations or numbers. This work "Slate and Sky" is a curious anomaly. How and why did Albers give this screenprint such a poetic title?

Did this particular color combination resonate for him in a special way? Interestingly he did not only use it for this work, but there is both a painting and a corresponding study (which recently came to auction) 

This is a paradigm of Josef Alber's mastery of color and minimalism. Hypnotic, balanced, elegant and striking, Albers uses simple geometry to maximum effect.

While the “Homage to the Square” series, including this example, is compositionally simple, it is an excellent starting point for understanding the history, ideology and merits of abstraction in the 20th century.  

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

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"Homage to the Square: Slate and Sky"

Signed, titled, numbered and dated by the artist.

From an edition of 100

Silkscreen

USA, 1964

7"H 6.75"W (image)

15"H 15"W (framed)

Minor rubbing upper right. Detailed condition report by request.

Overall very good condition.

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