Lot 43: Josef Albers, “Homage to the Square”, Screenprint, 1964
October 27, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Screenprint in colors on wove paper
Josef Albers (1888 - 1967)
Initialed and dated “A, 1964” in pencil on lower right, recto.
Numbered in pencil on lower left, from an edition of 125.
Printed by Atelier Acray, Paris.
Published by Editions Denise René, Paris.
Image dimensions: 11 x 11 in (27.94 x 27.94 cm)
Sheet dimensions: 19 x 15 ¼ in (48.26 x 38.735 cm)
Very good condition.
Through his studies of the square, Josef Albers revolutionized color theory and abstract art. By nesting solid colors of squares on top of one another along the vertical axis, Albers weights the squares down horizontally along the composition to create an aesthetic study of color. This screenprint uses color theory and optical tension to create a push-pull executed solely through the eyes’ deciphering of wavelengths.
Josef Albers (American, b. German, 1888-1976)
Born in Bottrop, Germany, Josef Albers enrolled at the Bauhaus – the recently founded school of art, architecture, and design in Weimar, Germany – in 1920. Placing equal importance on technical and artistic skills, the courses at the Bauhaus centered on the “contrasting effects” of form, texture and – most importantly for Albers – color. After completing his studies, Albers taught at the Bauhaus for eight years until the school closed under pressure from the Nazi party. He then emigrated to the United States and taught at Black Mountain College, NC, and Yale University, CT. In 1949, Albers began his celebrated series, “Homage to the Square” which would become a body of more than 1,000 works executed over a period of twenty-five years. Albers published his influenced treatise “Interaction of Color” in 1963, which is still widely used in art instruction. Considered one of the most influential art teachers of the 20th century, Albers’ works have been the subject of numerous retrospectives at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. In 1976, the Josef Albers Foundation was established and, in 1983, a museum dedicated to the artist opened in Bottrop, German.
In overall very good condition. Minor scratch upper left sheet, recto.
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