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  • Artist Biography

    Josef Albers

    German-American • 1888 - 1976

    Josef Albers was a German-American artist and educator, best known for his series Homage to the Square. His rigid, geometric works focus on the interplay of color and shape, and Albers is considered one of the fathers of both Minimalism and Conceptual Art. 

    Albers was born in Bottrop, Germany, and relocated to Munich in 1919 to study at the city’s Academy of Fine Arts. Albers began his career as an educator at the famous Bauhaus in 1922, first as a stained glass instructor and then as a full professor in 1925. Working at the Bauhaus brought Albers into contact with many other famous artists of the period, including Kandinsky and Klee. When the Nazis forced the Bauhaus’ closure in 1933, Albers left Germany and settled permanently in the United States. 

    For ten years, Albers (and his wife, fellow artist Anni Albers) taught at Black Mountain College, a progressive school in North Carolina. Between his time there and later at Yale University, Albers taught a number of artists who would later become quite famous, including Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Eva Hesse, Ruth Asawa and Richard Anuszkiewicz.

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Folders 4, 13, 19 and 28 from Formulation and Articulation, Portfolio II

the incomplete set of screenprints in colors, folded (as issued), without colophon and original portfolio
each sheet unfolded 15 x 40 in. (38.1 x 101.6 cm.)
each sheet folded 15 x 20 in. (38.1 x 50.8 cm.)

Executed in 1972, this work is from an edition of 1000, co-published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York and Ives-Sillman, Inc., New Haven.

Estimate
$1,000 - 2,000 

Sold for $2,250

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Phillips x Artsy Summer School

Online Auction 27 June - 10 July 2019