Skip to main content

Framed Josef Albers

Price
Shipping Options
Sort By
Homage to the Square from Formulation: Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artis...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Homage to the Square, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers 1972
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artis...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Title: Portfolio 1, Folder 25, Image 2 from Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 1000 Paper Size: 20 x 15 inches Frame Siz...
Category

1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Variant from Formulation: Articulation, Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers, German (1888 - 1976) Title: Variant, Portfolio I, Folio 28 , Image 1 from the portfolio Formulation: Articulation Year: 1972 Edition size: 1000 Medium: Silkscre...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Trapezoid Composition from Formulation: Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio "Formulation: Articulation", created by Josef Albers in 1972. In the portfolio, there were 127 screenprints, with only the colophon bearing Albers' signature and t...
Category

1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Abstract Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers, German (1888 - 1976) Title: Portfolio 1, Folder 22, Image 1 from Formulation: Articulation (Double Portfolio) Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 972/1000 Pa...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation (Double Portfolio) Title: Portfolio 2, Folder 10, Image 2 Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 1000 Paper Size: 15 x 20 in...
Category

1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation (Double Portfolio) Title: Portfolio 1, Folder 3, Image 2 Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 1000 Paper Size: 15 x 20 in...
Category

1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Title: Portfolio 1, Folder 24, Image 2 from Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition Size: 1000 Image size: 11.25 x 14.25 inch...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation (Double Portfolio) Title: Portfolio 1, Folder 13, Image 2 Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 1000 Paper Size: 15 x 20 i...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Olympische Spielen Muenchen, framed Screenprint Poster by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers, German (1888 - 1976) Title: Olympische Spielen Muenchen Year: 1970 (published 1972) Medium: Silkscreen Poster, signed in the plate Edition: 3000 Size: 42 x 27 i...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Title: Portfolio 2, Folder 20, Image 1 from Formulation: Articulation Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 1000 Paper Size: 15 x 20 inches [38.1 x 50.8 cm] Fr...
Category

1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Title: Portfolio 1, Folder 29, Image 1 from Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation (Double Portfolio) Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition Size: 1000 Paper Size: ...
Category

1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation (Double Portfolio) Title: Portfolio 1, Folder 13, Image 1 Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 1000 Paper Size: 15 x 20 i...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

House from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation (Double Portfolio) Title: Portfolio 1, Folder 21, Image 2 Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 1000 Paper Size: 15 x 20 i...
Category

1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Josef Albers, “White Line Squares”
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Title : Josef Albers, “White Line Squares” Medium: silkscreen / serigraph (after the original). This particular variation of Albers' Homage to the Square series is called "White L...
Category

1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Musical Clefs from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artis...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Title: Portfolio 1, Folder 14, Image 1 from Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition Size: 1000 Image size: 11.25 x 14.25 inch...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Title: Portfolio 2, Folder 30, Image 1 from Formulation: Articulation Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 1000 Image Size: 12 x 11.5 inches Paper Size: 15 x 2...
Category

1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Title: Portfolio 2, Folder 21, Image 2 from Formulation: Articulation Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 1000 Paper Size: 15 x 20 inches [38.1 x 50.8 cm] Fr...
Category

1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Title: Untitled from the Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation (Double Portfolio) - Portfolio 2, Folder 10, Image 2 Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 1000 Pa...
Category

1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Title: Portfolio 1, Folder 9, Image 1 from Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition Size: 1000 Image size: 8 x 17 inches Paper...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Musical Clefs from Formulation: Articulation, Framed Silkscreen by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation (Double Portfolio) Title: Portfolio 1, Folder 16, Image 1 Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 1000 Paper Size: 15 x 20 i...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Josef Albers "I-S LXXI b" Hommage to the Square
By Josef Albers
Located in Hinsdale, IL
JOSEF ALBERS " I-S LXXI b" Color screenprint on American Etching paper, 1971 Image Size: 15” x 15” inches, full margins Initialed by artist, titled, dated and numbered 65/125 in pe...
Category

1960s Bauhaus Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled from Formulation: Articulation by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

untitled 'Z' from Formulation: Articulation by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Trapezoid Composition Silkscreen by Josef Albers 1972
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Rhombus Composition, Silkscreen by Josef Albers 1972
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Minimalist Geometric Abstract Silkscreen by Josef Albers 1972
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Variant from the Formulation: Articulation by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Title: Variant from the Formulation: Articulation portfolio Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 972/1000 Image Size: 9 x 14 inches Paper Size: 15 x 20 inches ...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

"Variant IV (From Ten Variants) by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in Hinsdale, IL
JOSEF ALBERS Variant IV (From Ten Variants.) Color screenprint on Rives BFK white wove paper, c.1966. Image Size: 11” x11 3⁄4” inches, full margins. Initialed by artist, titled, d...
Category

1960s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Untitled, from Formulation: Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A print by Josef Albers. "Formulation: Articulation" is a geometric abstract screen print in a black and white palette by Post War artist Josef Albers. The artwork is numbered 1981.5...
Category

Mid-20th Century Post-War Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Josef Albers: Study on Homage to the Square, without year (sixties)
By Josef Albers
Located in Greding, DE
Inv. No. of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation: 1976.2.131 Provenance: Private collection, acquired from the estate of the artist Shown in the exhibition Malerei auf Papier. Josef ...
Category

1960s Abstract Abstract Paintings

Materials

Paper, Oil

Homage to the Square from Formulation: Articulation by Josef Albers 1972
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artis...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Arabesque (Geometric Abstraction, Minimalism, Josef Albers, Hard Edge)
By Susan Kiefer
Located in Kansas City, MO
Artist : Susan Kiefer Title : "Arabesque" Materials : oil on canvas Date : June 2020 Dimensions : 24" x 24" x 1.5" Description : Hard-edged geometric abstract of overlapping, inters...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint, Oil

Baseline (Geometric Abstraction, Minimalism, Josef Albers, Hard Edge)
By Susan Kiefer
Located in Kansas City, MO
Artist : Susan Kiefer Title : "Baseline" Materials : oil on canvas Date : June 2020 Dimensions : 30" x 40" x 1.5" Though born and raised in Kansas City, artist Susan Kiefer lived o...
Category

2010s Contemporary Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint, Oil

Goldenrod (Geometric Abstraction, Minimalism, Josef Albers, Hard Edge)
By Susan Kiefer
Located in Kansas City, MO
Artist : Susan Kiefer Title : "Goldenrod" Materials : oil on canvas Date : June 2020 Dimensions : 36" x 36" Description : Hard-edged geometric abstract of overlapping circles and ta...
Category

2010s Contemporary Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint, Oil

Half-Life (Geometric Abstraction, Minimalism, Josef Albers, Hard Edge)
By Susan Kiefer
Located in Kansas City, MO
Artist : Susan Kiefer Title : "Half-Life" Materials : oil on canvas Date : June 2020 Dimensions : 20" x 20" x 1.5" Description : Hard-edged geometric abstract of two overlapping bis...
Category

2010s Minimalist Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint, Oil

Grace Notes (Geometric Abstraction, Minimalism, Josef Albers, Hard Edge)
By Susan Kiefer
Located in Kansas City, MO
Artist : Susan Kiefer Title : "Grace Notes" Materials : oil on canvas Date : May 2020 Dimensions : 30" x 40" x 1.5" Description : Hard-edged geometric abstract with four overlapping...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint, Oil

EK Ib
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Portfolio: Homage to the Square: Edition Keller Ia-Ik Printer: Herbert Geier, Ingolstadt Publisher: Josef Keller Verlag, Starnberg Signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

  • EK Ib
  • EK Ib
  • EK Ib
  • EK Ib
H 21.625 in. W 21.625 in.
SP III
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Sheet size: 24 1/8 x 24 1/8 inches Frame size: 26 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches Printer: Edition Domberger, Germany Publisher: Edition Domberger, Germany Edition: 125, plus proofs Catalogue r...
Category

1960s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

  • SP III
  • SP III
  • SP III
  • SP III
H 24.5 in. W 24.5 in.
Untitled from Formulation: Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A print by Josef Albers. "Formulation: Articulation" is a geometric abstract screenprint in a white and dark brown palette by Post War artist Josef Albers. The artwork is from an edi...
Category

Mid-20th Century Post-War Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Homage to the Square from Formulation: Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Homage to the Square from Formulation: Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

untitled from Formulation Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

  • untitled from Formulation Articulation
  • untitled from Formulation Articulation
Auction Ends in 2 hours
EK If
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Portfolio: Homage to the Square: Edition Keller Ia-Ik Printer: Herbert Geier, Ingolstadt Publisher: Josef Keller Verlag, Starnberg
Category

1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

  • EK If
  • EK If
  • EK If
  • EK If
H 21.625 in. W 21.625 in.
SP IV
By Josef Albers
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed screenprint on Schöllers Hammer Board by German-American artist Josef Albers (1888-1976) titled "SP IV", 1967. Hand pencil signed and dated by Albers lower right, ...
Category

1960s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Board, Screen

  • SP IV
  • SP IV
  • SP IV
  • SP IV
H 29.75 in. W 29.75 in.
Study for Homage to the Square: "Blue Glow"
By Josef Albers
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A painting by Josef Albers. "Study for Homage to the Square: "Blue Glow"" is a geometric abstract painting, oil on masonite in blue and green by German-American artist Josef Albers. ...
Category

Mid-20th Century Modern Abstract Paintings

Materials

Masonite, Oil

Galerie Melki (Homage to the Square)
By Josef Albers
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original screenprint, exhibition poster on smooth wove paper after German-American artist Josef Albers (1888-1976) titled "Galerie Melki (Homage to the Square)", 1973. Edition siz...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

untitled from Formulation: Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Op Art Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

untitled from Formulation: Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
From the portfolio “Formulation: Articulation” created by Josef Albers in 1972. This monumental series consists of 127 original silkscreens that are a definitive survey of the artist...
Category

1970s Op Art Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

SP XII
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Medium: Screenprint Sheet size: 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches Frame size: 26 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches Printer: Edition Domberger, Germany Publisher: Edition Domberger, Germany Catalogue raisonne...
Category

1960s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

  • SP XII
  • SP XII
  • SP XII
  • SP XII
H 24.5 in. W 24.5 in.
untitled from Formulation: Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Title: untitled from Formulation: Articulation Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 1000 Paper Size: 15 x 20 inches (38.1 x 50.8 cm) Frame Size: 22 x 22.75 inc...
Category

1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

Half Moon Blues (Geometric Abstraction, Minimalism, Josef Albers, Hard Edge)
By Susan Kiefer
Located in Kansas City, MO
Artist : Susan Kiefer Title : Half Moon Blues Materials : oil on canvas Date : April 2020 Dimensions : 48" x 48" x 1.5" Though born and raised in Kansas City, artist Susa...
Category

2010s Abstract Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Paint, Oil

untitled from Formulation: Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation (Double Portfolio) Title: Portfolio 1, Folder 27, Image 2 Year: 1972 Medium: Screenprint Edition size: 1000 Paper Size: 15 x...
Category

1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

Materials

Screen

  • 1

Framed Josef Albers For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a broad range of framed josef albers for sale on 1stDibs. Browse a selection of Abstract or Minimalist versions of these works for sale today — there are 17 Abstract and 12 Minimalist examples available. These items have been made for many years, with versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century. You can search the framed josef albers that we have for sale on 1stDibs by color — popular works were created in bold and neutral palettes with elements of gray, white, beige and red. The range of these distinct pieces — often created in screen print — can elevate any room of your home.

How Much are Framed Josef Albers?

Framed josef albers can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price for items in our inventory is $1,250, while the lowest priced sells for $1,160 and the highest can go for as much as $2,500.

Josef Albers Biography and Important Works

The German-born American painter, writer, and educator Josef Albers (1888-1976) was a pioneer of 20th century modernism, and an innovative practitioner of color theory. With his wife, the textile artist and printmaker Anni Albers (1899–1994), he shaped the development of a generation of American artists and designers through his teaching at the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina, and later at Yale University School of Art, where he was the chairman of the Department of Design from 1950-1958. He is widely known for his series of prints and paintings Homages to the Square, which he created between 1950 and 1975. His influential volume on color theory Interaction of Color was published in 1963.

Albers was born in Bottrop, Germany, and as a young man he studied art education, earning certification from the Königliche Kunstschule in Berlin in 1915. He entered the legendary Bauhaus school in Weimar in 1920. The Bauhaus had been established by Walter Gropius in 1919, in the immediate aftermath of World War I, with the hope that its innovative curriculum would foster connections between architecture, art, and traditional crafts. In 1923 Albers began teaching the Vorkurs, the introductory class in which new students learned to work with each of the key artists’ materials, along with color theory, composition, construction, and design. Albers was a polymath, and the multidisciplinary environment of the Bauhaus was fertile ground for his artistic ambitions. When the school moved from Weimar to Dessau in 1925, he became a full professor, and in addition to glass and metal, he designed typefaces and furniture. While at the Bauhaus, Albers drew inspiration from the work of his colleagues, the color theorist Johannes Itten, and the painter, photographer, and designer László Moholy-Nagy, with whom he co-taught the Vorkurs.

In 1933, the Bauhaus was shut down due to pressure from the Nazi Party, which perceived the school as being sympathetic to communist intellectuals. As Albers’ wife Anni was Jewish, the couple resolved to leave Germany, and settled in rural North Carolina. The architect Philip Johnson helped make arrangements for Albers to join the faculty of Black Mountain College as the head of the painting program, where he remained until 1949. While at Black Mountain, both Josef and Anni Albers became influential mentors to American artists including Ruth Asawa, Cy Twombly, and Robert Rauschenberg, while working alongside fellow professors Buckminster Fuller, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and William de Kooning.

In 1950, joined the faculty of the Yale University School of Art where he would head the newly established Department of Design until his retirement in 1958. In the 1950s, the Alberses began taking trips to Mexico, where the colors and forms of the local art and architecture inspired both artists. In 1971, Albers became the first living artist whose work was the subject of a solo retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Though they worked in different mediums, Josef and Anni Albers’ work shares a fascination with color and geometry. Josef Albers’ compositions from the Homages to the Square series, such as Formulation: Articulation Portfolio II Folder 28 (B), from 1972 give deceptively simple shapes a novel vibrance as colors play off of one another. The hues in Articulation Portfolio II Folder 28 (B) work in concert to give the flat surface the distinct appearance of a tunnel or other 3-dimensional space; while the form on the left appears to move towards the viewer, the form on the right seems to lead directly into the canvas. Similarly, Anni Albers’ designs for textiles use graphic design to lend a sense of dynamism to flat works. Her Study for Unexecuted Wall Hanging (Bauhaus), from 1984 is a Mondrian-like pattern for a weaving in which different colors alternately recede and advance into the foreground, giving the image a sense of complexity and uncanny depth.

Josef Albers also created works of public art, including a delicate, geometric gold leaf mural called Two Structural Constellations for the lobby of the Corning Glass building in New York City in 1959. He designed a work called Two Portals for the lobby of the Time & Life Building in 1961, in which which and brown bands move towards two square panels made of bronze. Walter Gropius invited Albers to create a piece for the Pan Am Building, which he was designing with the architectural firm of Emery Roth & Sons. Albers reworked an existing glass piece from his Bauhaus days called City, and, fittingly, renamed it Manhattan.