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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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Formulation Articulation portfolio I and II

1972
The complete set of 127 screenprints in colors, on 66 sheets of wove paper, each folded (as issued), with full margins,
20 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (52.7 x 40 cm).
numbered 866/1000, co-published by Harry N. Abrams Inc., New York, and Ives Sillman Inc., New Haven, a few with soft creasing near the sheet edges, otherwise all in very good condition, contained in original linen covered porfolio and slip case (splitting at spines slightly).

Estimate
$8,000 - 12,000 

Editions

8 June 2011 New York