Josef Albers - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Munich

  • Exhibited

    B. Danilowitz, The Prints of Josef Albers. A Catalogue Raisonné 1915–1976, New York:
    Hudson Hills Press, 2001, pp. 175.1 – 175.12

  • 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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Portfolio 'Homage to the Square'

The complete portfolio comprising twelve colour screen prints on Schöllers Hammer Board
Each: 62 × 62 cm (24 3/8 × 24 3/8 in).
Each signed ‘Albers’ lower right margin and numbered of 14 lower left. This work is from an edition of 125 plus 14 proofs and published by Editions Domberger, Stuttgart, for Galerie der Spiegel, Cologne.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

13 October 2011