Josef Albers was born in Bottrop Westphalia, Germany in
1888. He became an American citizen in 1939. He died in USA in 1976. Albers'
initial training and exposure to art was by the side of his carpenter
father. This discipline is reflected in the impeccable craftsmanship of
his art. Josef Albers was an instructor of the Bauhaus in Weimar
in the 1920's. This Bauhaus master believed that the notion of abstraction
provided a rare chance to achieve balance and clarity in life. In 1933
when the Nazia forced the Bauhaus closed, Albers went to Black Mountain
College in North Carolina, where he began to transform the teaching of
Art in America. He lectured and taught courses in Mexico, Cuba, Chile,
Peru, and many American universities.
The intense colors in Albers' art evokes mystery. Color
is pure, and is said to be paint out of a tube. Historians and art scholars
describe 'Albers Reds', as a depiction of blood and a representation of
passion. In addition to painting, Albers is known for his murals including
those at: Harvard University in Boston; Corning Glass in NYC; Time and
Life Building in NYC; and the Pan-American Building in NYC. His 1959 painting
series, Homage to the Square-In and Out is recognized in the
art world as a classic non objective abstract painting. An internationally
recognized modernist, Albers art is collected in most majoy museums. In
the summer of 2002 the Centre Pompidou, gave Josef Albers his first French
retrospective. The exhibit included more than 80 works, including seventeen
red Homages to the Square.
The director of the Albers Foundation, Nicholas Fox Weber, in describing the summer 2002 Centre Pompidou Albers retrospective, referred to Albers' art as "a retreat to a visual serenity of stream-lined forms and pure colors..." It is with this art that this great artist revolutionized how we see. Directed toward expressing order and lucidy, the two images presented below exemplify Albers' finest work. Homage to the Green Square: Mars au Avril. Poster, Serigraph and Homage to the Red Square: Mars au Avril both from 1968, are woderrful examples of Albers' finest work. The green square image with its red partner image were part of Albers' Denise Renee New York gallery one person show, of that same year.
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