Josef Albers - Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, May 14, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    William Zierler Inc., New York
    Private Collection
    Christie's, London, Post War and Contemporary Art Day, 15 October, 2010, lot 277
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Chicago, Fairweather-Hardin Gallery, Albers, Spring 1962
    Los Angeles, Ferus Gallery, Paintings by Josef Albers, September 17 - October 13, 1962

  • Catalogue Essay

    "We are able to hear a single tone. But we almost never (that is without special devices) see a single color unrelated to changing neighbors and changing conditions" Josef Albers, 1971

  • 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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Study for Homage to the Square: “Dimmed Center”

oil on masonite
18 x 18 in. (45.7 x 45.7 cm)
Initialed and dated "A61" lower right; further signed, titled and dated "Study for Homage to the Square: 'Dimmed Center' Albers' 1961" on the reverse; further signed by the Executive Director of the Albers Foundation on certification label affixed to the reverse.
This work will be included in the forthcoming Josef Albers Catalogue Raisonné being prepared by The Anni and Josef Albers Foundation and is registered at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation as JAAF 1961.1.49.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $245,000

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Day Sale 15 May 2015 11am