Josef Albers

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Homage to the Square: Impartial', 1966, oil on masonite, 122 x 122 cm

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JOSEPH ALBERS (1888–1976) was a German born, American artist, influential teacher, writer, painter, color theorist and pioneer of twentieth-century modernism. Whose work, both in Europe and in the United States, formed the basis of some of the most influential and far-reaching art education programs of the 20th century.

Albers is best remembered for his work as an abstract painter and theorist. He favored a very disciplined approach to composition. Most famous of all are the hundreds of paintings and prints that make up the series Homage to the Square. In this rigorous series, begun in 1949, Albers explored chromatic interactions with flat colored squares arranged concentrically. Painting usually on Masonite, he used a palette knife with oil colors and often recorded colors used on the back of his works.

2011
Homage to the Square: Impartial', 1966, oil on masonite, 122 x 122 cm
'Study for oscillating', 1940-45, oil on blotting paper, 34 x 21 cm
Exhibition shot of 'Albers & Seidler' exhibition at DOMINIK MERSCH GALLERY in August 2011
Exhibition shot of 'Albers & Seidler' exhibition at DOMINIK MERSCH GALLERY in August 2011
Photograph of Joseph Albers and Harry Seidler taken in Connecticut in 1954
Wrestling', MLC Centre courtyard.
Joseph Albers, ‘Wrestling‘<br />
First sketch by Albers upon receiving the commission for the relief sculpture on the Commonwealth Bank building wall overlooking the piazza outside the MLC Centre building in Sydney. This relief structure constellation was the last executed work by Joseph Albers.<br />
© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Bild-Kunst. Licensed by Viscopy, 2011.