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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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1967
The complete set of 12 screenprints in colors, on Schöllers Hammer Board paper, with full margins, title page and justification, all contained in the original black vinyl-covered portfolio.
all I. 19 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (49.5 x 49.5 cm)
all S. 24 1/4 x 24 1/4 in. (61.6 x 61.6 cm)

All signed with the initial 'A', dated, titled sequentially 'SP I' through 'SP XII' and numbered 104/125 or 105/125 in pencil, further numbered '105' in pencil on the justification (there were also some artist's proofs), published by Editions Domberger, Stuttgart for Galerie der Spiegel, Cologne, all unframed.

Estimate
$30,000 - 50,000 

sold for $125,000

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24 April 2018