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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 25
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 25 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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1972 Josef Albers 'Formulation: Articulation Portfolio 1, Folder 3' Abstract
By Josef Albers
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 15 x 40 inches ( 38.1 x 101.6 cm ) Image Size: 13 x 18 inches ( 33.02 x 45.72 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additional Deta...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 15
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 15 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 14
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 14 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 16
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 16 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 26
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 26 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 17
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 17 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 23
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 23 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 30
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 30 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 22
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 22 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 20
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 20 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 29
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 29 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 31
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 31 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 12
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 12 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 14
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 14 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 18
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 18 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 19
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 19 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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1972 Josef Albers 'Formulation: Articulation Portfolio 1, Folder 16' Abstract
By Josef Albers
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Paper Size: 15 x 40 inches ( 38.1 x 101.6 cm ) Image Size: 12 x 6.5 inches ( 30.48 x 16.51 cm ) Framed: No Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Additional Det...
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Josef Albers Screen Print Diptych from Formulation Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A terrific example of a two-paged screen print from Josef Alber's Formulation: Articulation, 1972. This example is Portfolio 1 from Folder 12, 1972. From an edition of 1000 produ...
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Josef Albers Screen Print Diptych from Formulation Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A terrific example of a two-paged screen print from Josef Alber's Formulation : Articulation, 1972. This example is Portfolio 1 from Folder 18, 1972. From an edition of 1000 prod...
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Josef Albers Formulation Articulation Screen Print Portfolio 2Folder 25 204/1000
Located in Toledo, OH
Screen print by Josef Albers from Formulation Articulation portfolio II folder 25 of an limited addition 204/1000 circa 1972. Very nice condition. Signature is on a separate paper in...
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Josef Albers Screen Print Diptych from Formulation Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A terrific example of a two-paged screen print from Josef Alber's Formulation : Articulation, 1972. This example is Portfolio 1 from Folder 30, 1972. From an edition of 1000 prod...
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Josef Albers Screen Print Diptych from Formulation, Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Toronto, Ontario
A terrific example of a two-paged screen print from Josef Alber's Formulation: Articulation, 1972. This example is portfolio 1 from folder 18, 1972. From an edition of 1000 produc...
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Formulation: Articulation 1981.524.1.1
By Josef Albers
Located in Palm Desert, CA
A print by Josef Albers. "Formulation: Articulation 1981.524.1.1" is a screen print, executed in shades of blue and depicting abstracted, folded papers, by Post War artist Josef Albe...
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1970s Post-War Abstract Prints

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1972 Josef Albers Screenprint from Formulation Articulation Portfolio II
By Josef Albers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Josef Albers (1888-1976) color screenprint on Mohawk Superfine Bristol wove paper from the artist's Formulation: Articulation, Folio II / Folder 33, published in 1972. Printed by Sir...
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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 green and yellow palette by Post War artist Josef Albers. The artwork is numbered 1981....
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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...
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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 from an edition...
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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...
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Josef Albers from Formulation: Articulation Portfolio
By Josef Albers
Located in Stamford, CT
Josef Albers from Formulation: Articulation, 1972. Silkscreen prints, folio 1/ folder 1. Floated in 12 karat white gold gilt frame using all acid free archival materials. #176 of 100...
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Josef Albers from Formulation, Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Stamford, CT
Josef Albers from formulation: Articulation, 1972. Silkscreen prints, folio II/ folder 10. Floated in 12-karat white gold gilt frame using all acid free archival materials. #176 of 1...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Variant from the 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...
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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...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

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Lithographs by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Josef Albers abstract lithographs from formulation and articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. These works are from P...
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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...
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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...
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1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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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...
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Abstract Lithographs by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Josef Albers abstract lithographs from Formulation and Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. These works are from P...
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Abstract Lithograph by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Josef Albers abstract lithograph from Formulation and Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. This work is from Portf...
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Abstract Lithograph by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Josef Albers abstract lithograph from Formulation and Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. This work is from Portf...
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Abstract Lithographs by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Josef Albers abstract lithographs from Formulation and Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. These works are from P...
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Abstract Lithographs by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Josef Albers abstract lithographs from formulation and articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. These works are from P...
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Lithographs by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Josef Albers abstract lithographs from Formulation and Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. These works are from P...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Abstract Lithographs by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Josef Albers abstract lithographs from Formulation and Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. These works are from P...
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Abstract Lithographs by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Josef Albers abstract lithographs from Formulation and Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. These works are from P...
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Abstract Lithographs by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Josef Albers abstract lithographs from Formulation and Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. These works are from P...
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Abstract Lithographs by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Josef Albers abstract lithographs from formulation and articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. These works are from P...
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Abstract Lithographs by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Josef Albers abstract lithographs from Formulation and Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. These works are from P...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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: ...
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Josef Albers Formulations For Sale on 1stDibs

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Josef Albers Biography and Important Works

The German-born American painter, writer, and educator Josef Albers 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. Albers 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 The 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, Albers 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 three-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.

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