Josef Albers



Josef Albers (1888-1976) is  affiliated with numerous movements that defined art history 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.

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.

In addition to being a general influence on many artists, Albers was a significant mentor and taught major artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, and Eve Hesse at Black Mountain College and Yale.

In 1971, Albers became the first living artist to be given a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. This important screenprint was produced in tandem with the exhibition and commemorates the historic event.

‚ÄúJosef Albers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: P-Blue‚Ä̬†features¬†Alber's mitered square,¬†a¬†signature motif that¬†explores the relationship between gradient color and¬†our perception of complex geometric structures.¬†

While some of Albers' geometric compositions are straightforward and simply flat, in "Mitered Squares" we are offered a composition to interpret: Are we looking at a recess, with a dark center at the base, or are we looking at a structure with a darkened small square "roof"?

This work is a strong reminder of Albers’ place as one of the most important practitioners of minimalism and hard-edge abstraction. 

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‚ÄúJosef Albers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: P-Blue‚Ä̬†

USA, 1971 

Color screenprint 

Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin

From an edition of 50

28.5‚ÄĚH 21‚ÄĚW (work)

Printed by Sirocco Screenprints, New Haven.

Published by Ives-Sillman, Inc., New Haven, for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Detailed condition report by request. Overall very good condition.

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