Josef Albers - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Saturday, November 14, 2009 | Phillips

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    Brenda Danilowitz 156.8; 156.9 and 200

  • 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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Homage to the Square: Aura; and Reserved; and Homage to the Square: MMA-1

1962 and 1970
Three screenprints in colors, on Mohawk Superfine Bristol and wove papers, with full margins,
two I. 11 x 11 in. (27.9 x 27.9 cm);
two S. 17 x 17 in. (43.2 x 43.2 cm);
mma-1 I. 15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm);
mma-1 S. 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 in. (62.2 x 62.2 cm)

two from the editions of 250, MMA-1 from the unsigned edition of 400 (there was also a signed edition of 100 and 14 artist's proofs), all published by Ives-Sillman Inc., New Haven, MMA-1 published in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, MMA-1 with minor a few minor scuffs (visible only in raking light), a few areas of minor soiling in the margins, otherwise all in very good condition, all unframed.

$800 - 1,200 

Sold for $1,500

Modern and Contemporary Editions

15 Nov 2009
New York