Josef Albers - Evening & Day Editions New York Wednesday, October 31, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Brenda Danilowitz 173.1, 173.3-173.6, 173.8 and 173.10

  • Catalogue Essay

    Including: Variant I; Variant III; Variant IV; Variant V; Variant VI; Variant VIII; and Variant X

  • 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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Ten Variants portfolio: seven plates

Seven screenprints in colors, on Rives BFK paper, with full margins,
all I. various sizes;
all S. 17 x 17 in (43.2 x 43.2 cm)

all signed, titled, dated `66' and numbered 115-200 in pencil (there was also an unsigned edition of 100), published by Ives Sillman, Inc., New Haven (with their blindstamp), occasional minor soiling and scuffing, pale foxmarks in the margins, mat staining at the sheet edges, all framed, lacking three plates (II, VII and IX), all laid down to board.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $4,750

Evening & Day Editions

31 October & 1 November 2012
New York