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Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio II, Folder 26
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Josef Albers is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He was born 1888 in Bottrop, Germany. In 1920 Albers joined the Bauhaus movement in Weimar that focused on th...
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1970s Contemporary Abstract Prints

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"Formulation : Articulation," Portfolio I Folder 33
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
"Formulation : Articulation," Portfolio I Folder 33 Josef Albers is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He was born 1888 in Bottrop, Germany. In 1920 Albers joi...
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1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio II, Folder 25 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. From the edition of 1000, t...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Pair of Lithographs by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of Josef Albers lithographs from Formulation and Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. Unsigned edition of 100...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Josef Albers Color Lithographs
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of color lithographs, after Josef Albers, from the limited edition Gemini G.E.L. sample portfolio, American, circa 1960s. Professionally framed in clean lined white gallery fram...
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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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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Josef Albers Abstract Lithograph from Interaction of Color
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Josef Albers abstract lithograph from Interaction of color, circa 1960s.
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Josef Albers Abstract Lithographs from Interaction of Color
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of abstract color lithographs by Joseph Albers from the "Interaction of Color" portfolio, folder number VIII-2, circa 1960s. The price noted below is for the pair of framed works.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Josef Albers Abstract Lithographs from Interaction of Color
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of abstract purple color lithographs by Joseph Albers from the "Interaction of Color" portfolio, folder number X-1, circa 1960s. The price noted below is for the pair of framed ...
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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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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Contemporary Art

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Josef Albers Abstract Lithographs from Interaction of Color
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Josef Albers abstract lithographs from folder XI-1, interaction of color, circa 1960s. updated
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Josef Albers Abstract Lithographs from Interaction of Color
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of Josef Albers abstract lithographs from folder XVI-2 interaction of color, circa 1960s. updated
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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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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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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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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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WLS XIV -- Lithograph, White Line Squares, Square, Gray by Josef Albers
By Josef Albers
Located in London, GB
JOSEF ALBERS WLS XIV, 1966 Lithograph printed in sand gray, transparent warm gray and transparent medium gray On Arches Cover paper Signed, dated, titled and inscribed artist's proof...
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1960s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

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...
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

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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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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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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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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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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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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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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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Josef Albers Abstract Leaves Lithographs from Interaction of Color
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Abstract leaves color lithographs, by Joseph Albers from the "Interaction of Color" portfolio, folder XXV-6, circa 1960s. The purple lithograph measures 10" H x 7.5" W. The orange li...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Josef Albers Abstract Grey Lithographs from Interaction of Color
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of abstract grey lithographs by Joseph Albers from the "Interaction of Color" portfolio, circa 1960s. The price noted below is for the pair of framed works.
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Abstract Lithographs by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Abstract lithographs by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. Edition of 1000. Th...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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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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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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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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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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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, edition of 1000, unsign...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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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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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Josef Albers Abstract Leaves Lithographs from Interaction of Color
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Abstract leaves color Lithographs, by Joseph Albers from the "Interaction of Color" portfolio, circa 1960s. The larger lithograph measures 10.25" H x 7.25" W. The smaller measures 7....
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Abstract Lithograph by Josef Albers from Formulation and Articulation
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Abstract Lithograph, by Josef Albers, from Formulation and Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, circa 1972. Edition of 1000. T...
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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 po...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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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. These works are from Po...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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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. These works are from Po...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Contemporary Art

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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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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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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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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Contemporary Art

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Black and White 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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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Josef Albers Suite of Four Abstract Lithographs from Interaction of Color
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Suite of four abstract color lithographs by Joseph Albers from the "Interaction of Color" portfolio, folder number XVI-1, circa 1960s. The price noted below is for the suite of four ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Josef Albers Suite of Seven Abstract Lithographs from Interaction of Color
By Josef Albers
Located in Atlanta, GA
Suite of seven abstract lithographs by Josef Albers, from folder XVIII-11 of interaction of color. They measure: the left column, from top to bottom measures: 5.25"H x 3.75"W, 4.5"H ...
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Vintage 1960s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio I, Folder 27 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Formulation : Articulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsigned...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio II, Folder 27 (A) "Homage to the Square"
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
"Formulation : Articulation" published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsigned. Albers' signature appears on the title page of Por...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio I, Folder 14
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Formulation : Articulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsigned....
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1970s Contemporary Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Variant IV from Ten Variants
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint in grays and blues from Josef Albers Ten Variants. Printed on Rives BFK paper, with full margins, portfolio 212 of edition of 300, published by Ives-Sillman, Inc., New Ha...
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

"Formulation : Articulation," Portfolio I Folder 16 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
"Formulation : Articulation," Portfolio I Folder 16 Josef Albers is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He was born 1888 in Bottrop, Germany. In 1920 Albers joi...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio II, Folder 27 (B) "Homage to the Square"
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
"Formulation : Articulation" published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsigned. Albers' signature appears on the title page of Por...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Variant III from Ten Variants
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint in grays, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins, portfolio 212 of edition of 300 published by Ives-Sillman, Inc., New Haven with their blind stamp in lower right corner o...
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Variant VII from Ten Variants
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint on Rives BFK paper, with full margins, portfolio 212 of edition of 300 published by Ives-Sillman, Inc., New Haven with their blind stamp in lower right corner of margin. ...
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Variant II from Ten Variants
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint on Rives BFK paper, with full margins, portfolio 212 of edition of 300 published by Ives-Sillman, Inc., New Haven with their blind stamp in lower right corner of margin. ...
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1960s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio I Folder 9 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsigned...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

White Line Squares (Series II), XIV
By Josef Albers
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Josef Albers White Line Squares (Series II), XIV 1966 Lithograph 20 3/4 x 20 3/4 in. Edition of 125 Initialed in pencil, dated, numbered and titled Accompani...
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1960s Bauhaus Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio II, Folder 25 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work "Formulation : Articulation" published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsigned. A...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Interlinear K50 —mid-century geometric abstraction
By Josef Albers
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Josef Albers, 'Interlinear K50', zinc plate lithograph offset to stone printing, 1962, edition 20, Danilowitz 151. Signed, titled, dated, and numbered '14/20' in pencil. A superb, ri...
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1960s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio I, Folder 32A
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, Formulation : Articulation; published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsigned. A...
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1970s Contemporary Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

'Interim' from the series 'Graphic Tectonics' —mid-century geometric abstraction
By Josef Albers
Located in Myrtle Beach, SC
Josef Albers, 'Interim' from the series 'Graphic Tectonics', zinc plate lithograph, 1942, edition 30, Danilowitz 101. Signed, titled, dated, and numbered '3/30' in pencil. A fine imp...
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1940s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio II, Folder 11 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Formulation : Articulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsigned....
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1970s Contemporary Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

White Line Squares (Series II), XVI
By Josef Albers
Located in Miami, FL
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Josef Albers White Line Squares (Series II), XVI Lithograph 20 3/4 x 20 3/4 in. Edition of 125 Initialed in pencil, dated, numbered and titled Accompanied wi...
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1960s Bauhaus Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

White Lines Squares
By (after) Josef Albers
Located in Kansas City, MO
Lithograph in brilliant Colors on paper, 1966 Image 6 x 6 inches Sheet: 7.5 x 7.33 inches COA provided (gallery issued) Lithographs by Blair Litho, Los Angeles, CA, USA From: Open e...
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1970s Bauhaus Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

White Lines Squares
By (after) Josef Albers
Located in Kansas City, MO
Lithograph in brilliant Colors on paper, 1966 Image 6 x 6 inches Sheet: 7.5 x 7.33 inches COA provided (gallery issued) Lithographs by Blair Litho, Los Angeles, CA, USA From: Open e...
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1970s Minimalist Prints and Multiples

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Lithograph

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Josef Albers Lithographs For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a broad range of josef albers lithographs for sale on 1stDibs. A selection of these works in the Abstract, Minimalist and Modern styles can be found today in our inventory. These items have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 20th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. If you’re looking to add a josef albers lithographs that pops against an otherwise neutral space in your home, the works available on 1stDibs include that feature elements of gray, blue, white, yellow and more. These artworks have been a part of the life’s work for many artists, but the versions made by Josef Albers and (after) Josef Albers are consistently popular. The range of these distinct pieces — often created in lithograph — can elevate any room of your home.

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Prices for pieces in our collection of josef albers lithographs start at $198 and top out at $28,000 with the average selling for $1,200.

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.