Josef Albers - Modern & Contemporary Editions New York Monday, June 1, 2009 | Phillips

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    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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Screenprint poster in colors with text, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins (folded back at top),
I. 25 x 25 in. (63.5 x 63.5 cm);
S. 40 x 29 5/8 in. (101.6 x 75.2 cm)

signed, dated `65' and numbered 80-100 in pencil (there were also 7 artist's proofs), published by Ives-Sillman, Inc., New Haven (with their blindstamp), occasional minor scuffing and soft handling creases, soiling, staining and creasing in the margins, folded under at the upper sheet (approx. 20 in.), taped to the overmat at the reverse of the upper and center edges, otherwise in good condition, framed.

$1,000 - 1,500 

Sold for $1,875

Modern & Contemporary Editions

2 June 2009, 2pm
New York