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Josef Albers, Interaction of color

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Creator:
New Haven Jewish Community Center
Subject:
Albers, Josef
Type:
Printed/Published Materials
Date:
1966
Place of publication, production, or execution:
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Physical Description:
1 exhibition announcement : ill. ; 23 x 16 cm.
Summary:
Mailer for an exhibit by Albers at the center gallery of the New Haven Jewish Community Center, Mar. 6 - 30. Includes a halftone photographic print of Albers with one of his prints.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560
Topic:
Artists at or with their work
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)12378
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Josef Albers papers, 1929-1970
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Josef Albers

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Artist:
Josef Breitenbach, 1896 - 1984
Sitter:
Josef Albers, 19 Mar 1888 - 25 Mar 1976
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 35.3cm x 27.9cm (13 7/8" x 11")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1944
Topic:
Interior
Artwork\Painting
Josef Albers: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
Josef Albers: Education\Educator\Professor\University
Josef Albers: Visual Arts\Art Instructor
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.91.51
Rights:
©The Joseph and Yaye Breitenbach Trust, NY
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Josef Albers

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Artist:
Hans Namuth, 17 Mar 1915 - 13 Oct 1990
Sitter:
Josef Albers, 19 Mar 1888 - 25 Mar 1976
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 29.4cm x 23cm (11 9/16" x 9 1/16")
Sheet: 35.4cm x 27.8cm (13 15/16" x 10 15/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1971
Topic:
Interior
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Artwork\Painting
Josef Albers: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
Josef Albers: Education\Educator\Professor\University
Josef Albers: Visual Arts\Art Instructor
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Estate of Hans Namuth
Object number:
NPG.95.123
Rights:
© Hans Namuth Ltd.
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Josef Albers

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Artist:
Yousuf Karsh, 23 Dec 1908 - 13 Jul 2002
Sitter:
Josef Albers, 19 Mar 1888 - 25 Mar 1976
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 49.8 x 39.7 cm (19 5/8 x 15 5/8")
Sheet: 50.3 x 40.4 cm (19 13/16 x 15 7/8")
Mount: 56 x 45.8 cm (22 1/16 x 18 1/16")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\Connecticut\New Haven\New Haven
Date:
1966
Topic:
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Artwork
Interior\Domestic
Artwork\Painting\Abstract
Josef Albers: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
Josef Albers: Education\Educator\Professor\University
Josef Albers: Visual Arts\Art Instructor
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh
Object number:
NPG.2012.77.2
Rights:
© Estate of Yousuf Karsh
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Josef Albers Honors the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (I)

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Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976
Medium:
Serigraph on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 25 x 35 1/16 in. (63.4 x 89.1 cm) image: 15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm)
Type:
Print/portfolio
Date:
1973
Provenance:
Ives-Sillman, New Haven, Connecticut, 1973
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York and Washington, 1973(?)-31 August 1981
(Estate of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1981-1986)
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Exhibition History:
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration," 13 February-11 April 2010, no cat.
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.87.1
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Geometric Abstraction
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Josef Albers Honors the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (II)

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Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976
Medium:
Serigraph on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 25 x 35 1/16 in. (63.4 x 89.1 cm) image: 15 1/16 x 15 1/16 in. (38.3 x 38.3 cm)
Type:
Print/portfolio
Date:
1973
Provenance:
Ives-Sillman, New Haven, Connecticut, 1973
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York and Washington, 1973(?)-31 August 1981
(Estate of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1981-1986)
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Exhibition History:
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration," 13 February-11 April 2010, no cat.
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, The Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest, 1981
Accession Number:
86.87.2
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Josef Albers Honors the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (JHM-I)

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Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976
Medium:
Color serigraph on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 25 x 35 1/16 in. (63.5 x 89.1 cm) image: 15 x 15 in. (38.1 x 38.1 cm)
Type:
Print/portfolio
Date:
1973
Provenance:
Commissioned from the artist, 1973
Gift of HKL Ltd. and Parasol Press (via Vera G. List), New York, 26 April 1974
Exhibition History:
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Josef Albers, 27 September 1979-23 March 1980, no cat.
Published References:
UNSIGNED. Newsletter of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, July 1974) p. 1-2.
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of HKL Ltd. and Parasol Press, through Vera List, 1974
Accession Number:
74.210.1
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Josef Albers Honors the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (JHM-II)

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Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976
Medium:
Color serigraph on paper
Dimensions:
sheet: 25 x 35 1/16 in. (63.5 x 89.1 cm) image: 15 1/16 x 15 1/16 in. (38.3 x 38.3 cm)
Type:
Print/portfolio
Date:
1973
Provenance:
Commissioned from the artist, 1973
Gift of HKL Ltd. and Parasol Press (via Vera G. List), New York, 26 April 1974
Exhibition History:
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Josef Albers, 27 September 1979-23 March 1980, no cat.
Published References:
UNSIGNED. Newsletter of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, July 1974) p. 1-2.
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of HKL Ltd. and Parasol Press, through Vera List, 1974
Accession Number:
74.210.2
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Geometric Abstraction
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Josef Albers and Ken Tyler

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Subject:
Albers, Josef
Tyler, Kenneth E.
Type:
Photographs
Date:
196-
Place of publication, production, or execution:
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Physical Description:
1 photographic print : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm.
Summary:
Identification on verso (stamped): Josef Albers pin registers one of his prints with Tamarind artisan Ken Tyler.
Date based on dates on other photos of artists in the Tamarind Lithography Workshop records.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560
Topic:
Artists at or with their work
Artists in groups
Printmaking
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)1935
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Tamarind Lithography Workshop records, 1954-1984
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Archives of American Art
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Josef Albers papers, 1929-1970

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Creator:
Albers, Josef, 1888-1976
Subject:
Albers, Anni
Arp, Jean
Leake, Eugene
Baltimore Museum of Art
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
1.5 linear feet
Access Note / Rights:
The collection is CLOSED to researchers for processing and digitization. Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
The papers of painter, printmaker, and art teacher Josef Albers date from 1929 to 1970 and measure 1.5 linear feet. Found within the papers are biographical materials, writings, and photographs. The bulk of the collection consists of printed materials.
Biographical material consists of a curriculum vitae, bibliographic lists, a transcript of a "Yale Reports" radio interview in which Albers discusses art as a port of general education, and a photocopy of a letter from Eugene W. Leake of the Maryland Institute discussing a work by Albers in the Baltimore Museum.
Writings are primarily photocopies of poems and typescripts by Albers concerning his theories on art. There are also photocopied typescripts about Albers written by others including a typescript "Josef Albers" by Hans Jean Arp.
Printed material primarily consists of clippings and exhibition announcements and catalogs, some of which are annotated by Albers. There are also two exhibition catalogs for Anni Albers, press releases, a copy of poetry publication Origin 8, book, "Josef Albers: Poems and Drawings," by Albers, book, "American Abstract Artists, 1936-1966," and miscellaneous brochures.
Photographs consist of two copies of the same image of Josef Albers pin registering one of his prints with Tamarind artisan Ken Tyler.
Citation:
Josef Albers papers, 1929-1970. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Related Materials:
Also found in the Archives is an oral history interview with Albers conducted by Sevim Fesci in 1968, and a collection of letters from Albers to J. B. Naumann that was loaned to the Archives by the Brooklyn Museum for microfilming and is available on microfilm reel 911.
Biography Note:
Josef Albers (1888-1976) was a painter and printmaker from New Haven, Conn.
Provenance:
The Josef Albers papers were donated by the artist in 1969 and 1970. A small collection additional Albers papers with an unknown provenance were integrated.
Theme:
Art Movements and Schools
American Art and Artists in a Global Context
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art
Art
Interviews
Painters
Photographs
Poems
Printmakers
Transcripts
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5803
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208643
AAA_collcode_albejose
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
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Josef Albers, Black Mountain, N.C. postcard to Marcel Breuer, Cambridge, Mass.

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Creator:
Albers, Josef, 1888-1976
Breuer, Marcel, 1888-1976
Type:
Correspondence
Place:
Tenn.
Date:
1938 or 1939
Place of publication, production, or execution:
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Physical Description:
1 postcard : ill. ; 14 x 9 cm.
Summary:
New Year's greeting from painter and Bauhaus teacher Joseph Albers.
The postcard is a commercial color photograph of "The Loop," a section of winding road near Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Over the existing image Albers has stencilled in paint, "a good '39." The "3" in 39 is formed by the road.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560
Record number:
(DSI-AAA)994
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Oral history interview with Josef Albers, 1968 June 22-July 5

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Interviewee:
Albers, Josef, 1888-1976
Interviewer:
Fesci, Sevim
Subject:
Heckel, Erich
Itten, Johannes
Kirchner, Ernst Ludwig
Schmidt-Rottluff, Karl
Stuck, Franz
Bauhaus
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
Transcript: 24 pages
General Note:
Originally recorded on 1 sound tape reel. Reformated in 2010 as 4 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hrs., 11 min.
Access Note / Rights:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Summary:
An interview of Josef Albers conducted 1968 June 22-July 5, by Sevim Fesci, for the Archives of American Art.
This interview was conducted in New Haven, Connecticut. Albers speaks of his childhood in the industrial area of Westphalia, Germany; his father's influence as a house painter and set designer; his young interest in technical toys; his educational history, beginning at the Royal Art School, an art teacher prep school; his education in art history in conjunction with fine arts; his brief experience teaching in public schools; his time studying at the Applied Art School in Essen while living and teaching in Berlin; and the beginning of professional career after having passed his exam in Berlin in 1915.
He discusses the influence of the European movements/artists, Die Brucke; Schmidt-Rottluff, Heckel, and Kirchner; his move to Munich and time spent working with Stuck (the teacher of Kandinsky and Klee); his eventual shift to the Bauhaus working in collage and stained glass under Itten; his refusal to do the traditional apprenticeship at the Bauhaus and surprising success with stained glass while striking out on his own; his initial experiments while working in the new studio for stained glass at the Bauhaus with frosting (a.k.a. thermometer style); his move from collage to montage; his disbelief in the use of past art as a source for current art; his distaste for the concept of art as self-expression; his use of repetitive forms in his painting as a method of "solving the problem;" his belief that the spectator makes the vision of the artist more lively; his belief that he teaches philosophy (how to see) not technique (how to paint); the fine line between influencing students and creating disciples; color as the most relative medium in art and a study of ourselves; his use of squares (the most man-made form), beginning in 1949; the role of art in society to reveal visually the attitude of our mentality; and his belief as to the future of art as being a further consideration of order.
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Josef Albers, 1968 June 22-July 5. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Josef Albers (1888-1976) was a painter and educator in New Haven, Connecticut.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives' Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art teachers
Art, American
Collagists
Die Brücke (Dresden)
Interviews
Painters
Sound recordings
Stained glass artists
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)11847
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)214202
AAA_collcode_albersj68
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

Variant

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Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976
Medium:
Acrylic on fiberboard
Dimensions:
48 x 96 in. (121.9 x 243.7 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1973
Provenance:
The artist and Estate of the artist, Orange, Connecticut, 1973-79
Gift of the Josef Albers Foundation, Inc. and Anni Albers, Orange, Connecticut, 7 May 1979
Exhibition History:
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers," 27 September 1979-23 March 1980, no cat.
IVAM CENTRE JULIO GONZALEZ, Valencia, Spain. "Josef Albers: Glass, Color, and Light," 3 November 1994-8 January 1995.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration," 13 February-11 April 2010, no cat.
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, 1979
Accession Number:
79.12
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Geometric Abstraction
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Variant

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Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976
Medium:
Acrylic on fiberboard
Dimensions:
47 7/8 x 96 1/8 in. (121.6 x 244.2 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1973
Provenance:
The artist and Estate of the artist, Orange, Connecticut, 1973-79
Gift of the Josef Albers Foundation, Inc. and Anni Albers, Orange, Connecticut, 7 May 1979
Exhibition History:
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers," 27 September 1979-23 March 1980, no cat.
IVAM CENTRE JULIO GONZALEZ, Valencia, Spain. "Josef Albers: Glass, Color, and Light," 3 November 1994-8 January 1995.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration," 13 February-11 April 2010, no cat.
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, 1979
Accession Number:
79.13
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Study for "Variant"

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Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976
Medium:
Oil on fiberboard
Dimensions:
12 5/8 x 16 7/8 in. (32 x 42.8 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1948-1951
Provenance:
The artist, Orange, Connecticut, 1948-76
Estate of the artist, Orange, Connecticut, 1976-79
Gift of the Josef Albers Foundation, Inc., and Anni Albers, Orange, Connecticut, 7 May 1979
Exhibition History:
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers," 27 September 1979-23 March 1980, no cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration," 13 February-11 April 2010, no cat.
Published References:
"La Chronique des Arts: Principales Acquisitions des Musees en 1979," Gazette des Beaux Arts no. 1334 (March 1980).
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, 1979
Accession Number:
79.15
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Geometric Abstraction
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Study for "Variant"

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Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976
Medium:
Oil on fiberboard
Dimensions:
18 x 22 in. (45.8 x 55.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1956
Provenance:
The artist, Connecticut, 1955-76
Estate of the artist, Orange, Connecticut, 1976-79
Gift of the Josef Albers Foundation, Inc. and Anni Albers, 7 May 1979
Exhibition History:
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. "Josef Albers," 27 September 1979-23 March 1980, no cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration," 13 February-11 April 2010, no cat.
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, 1979
Accession Number:
79.16
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Geometric Abstraction
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Study for "Homage to the Square: From the Soil"

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Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976
Medium:
Oil on fiberboard
Dimensions:
17 15/16 x 17 15/16 in. (45.6 x 45.5 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1954
Provenance:
The artist, Connecticut, 1954-1976
Estate of the artist, Orange, Connecticut, 1976-1979
Gift of the Josef Albers Foundation, Inc. and Anni Albers, 7 May 1979
Exhibition History:
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers," 27 September 1979-23 March 1980, no cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration," 13 February-11 April 2010, no cat.
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, 1979
Accession Number:
79.18
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Geometric Abstraction
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Study for "Homage to the Square: Last Century"

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Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976
Medium:
Oil on fiberboard
Dimensions:
17 1/2 x 17 9/16 in. (44.4 x 44.6 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1956
Provenance:
The artist, Connecticut, 1956-76
Estate of the artist, Orange, Connecticut, 1976-79
Gift of the Josef Albers Foundation, Inc. and Anni Albers, 7 May 1979
Exhibition History:
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, International Council travelling exhibition. "Josef Albers: Homage to the Square," Doubleday, 1964, no. 10 (possibly another, related work).
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers," 27 September 1979-23 March 1980, no cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration," 13 February-11 April 2010, no cat.
Published References:
"La Chronique des Arts: Principales Acquisitions des Musees en 1979," Gazette des Beaux Arts no. 1334 (March 1980) p. 77.
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Josef Albers Foundation and Anni Albers, 1979
Accession Number:
79.17
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Four Xs in Red

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Artist:
Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976
Medium:
Oil on fiberboard
Dimensions:
18 1/8 x 18 1/8in. (46 x 46cm) frame: 21 3/4 x 21 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (55.2 x 55.2 x 3.8 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1938
Provenance:
The Artist, Black Mountain College, North Carolina, 1938- Orange, Connecticut, June/July 1968
Joseph H. Hirshhorn (via Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, 30 July 1968), 30 July 1968-1974
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1974
Exhibition History:
Compiled by V. Fletcher 1979-80, amended 2009:
ARTIST'S GALLERY, NY. "Josef Albers," 6-31 Dec 1938, no. 12 (lent by the artist).
NEW ART CIRCLE, NY. "Josef Albers," 2-17 Jan 1945, no. 4.
MEMPHIS ACADEMY OF ARTS. "Twenty-Five Paintings by Josef Albers," 15-28 Jan 1947, no. 11.
CALIFORNIA PALACE OF THE LEGION OF HONOR, San Francisco. "Josef Albers," September 1947.
CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM. "Josef Albers," Oct 1949, no. 5 (lent by artist).
ALLEN R. HITE ART INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, KY. "Josef Albers," 17 April-27 May 1950, ill. on cover, listed (no. 2).
ALEXANDRIA STUDIO GROTTO (location unknown). "Josef Albers," May 1951, no. 11.
WADSWORTH ATHENEUM, Hartford. "Josef & Anni Albers," 8 July-2 August 1953, no. 11.
YALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, New Haven. "Josef Albers," 25 April-18 June 1956, no. 18, catalog essay by George H. Hamilton, fig. 28, pp. 26, 47.
NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART, Raleigh. "Josef Albers," 3 Feb-11 March 1962, no. 1 (signed LR: "A" dated 1938; lent by the artist, New Haven, 18 x 18 inches).
WASHINGTON GALLERY OF MODERN ART, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers: The American Years," 30 Oct-31 Dec 1965, no. 15. TOUR: ISSAC DELGADO MUSEUM OF ART, New Orleans, 23 Jan-27 Feb 1966; SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART, 2-26 June; ART GALLERY, University of California, Santa Barbara, 8 July-7 Sept; ROSE ART MUSEUM, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 23 Sept-29 Oct 1966.
ART MUSEUM, PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, New Jersey. "Josef Albers: Paintings and Graphics 1917-1970," 5-26 Jan 1971, essay by Peter Morrin, no. 4, p. 12.
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF ARTS, New York. "Geometric Abstraction of the 1930's," 5 November-3 December 1972, no. 1. TOUR: BUTLER INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN ART, Youngstown, Ohio, 25 February-18 March 1973.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. "Josef Albers," 27 September 1979-18 February 1980, no cat.
ANTIGUO COLEGIO DE SAN ILDEFONSO, Mexico City, "Anni and Josef Albers: Latin American Journeys," 6 November 2007-23 April 2008.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration," 13 February-11 April 2010, no cat.
FUNDACIÓN JUAN MARCH, Madrid. "Josef Albers: Minimal Means, Maximum Effect," 28 March-6 July 2014, no. 22, color ill. pg. 69.
Published References:
UNSIGNED. L'Art Abstrait (Paris, Maeght, 1950), ill. (upside down).
GOMRINGER, EUGEN. Josef Albers (New York: Wittenborn, 1968), pp. 63-64, color pl. p. 72.
UNSIGNED. "Josef Albers on Tour," The New Republic (21 September 1965), p. 34.
FINKELSTEIN, IRVING. The Life and Art of Josef Albers (New York University, Ph. D., 1967), vol. 1, pp. 125-127, fig. 95 (as 1938, 18 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches, collection of the artist).
UNSIGNED. Art Museum, Princeton University, New Jersey, Newsletter (January 1971), ill. of installation with our work in foreground.
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1974
Accession Number:
74.9
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School:
Geometric Abstraction
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Self-Portrait (Left Profile)

Josef Albers Self-Portrait
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Artist:
Josef Albers, 19 Mar 1888 - 25 Mar 1976
Sitter:
Josef Albers, 19 Mar 1888 - 25 Mar 1976
Medium:
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 30.3 x 23cm (11 15/16 x 9 1/16")
Mat: 44.8 x 36.8cm (17 5/8 x 14 1/2")
Type:
Print
Date:
1916
Exhibition Label:
Created early in his career, Josef Albers's boldly experimental 1916 self-portrait lithograph reflects the young artist's interest in the new trends, particularly expressionism and cubism. Indeed, for Albers, self-portraiture provided critical terrain for artistic experimentation. This print serves more as an exercise in the development of form than a psychological study. Although the intensity of the subject's expression is striking, one can also read in this fragmented self-representation something of the strains of World War I. Living in Germany, Albers surely observed the bandaged faces and mutilated bodies of returning veterans. With this self-portrait, he not only suggests his mastery of recent modern art, but also his focus on the future and his capacity to lead in the development of new artistic idioms.
Topic:
Self-portrait
Josef Albers: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter
Josef Albers: Education\Educator\Professor\University
Josef Albers: Visual Arts\Art Instructor
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; the Ruth Bowman and Harry Kahn Twentieth-Century American Self-Portrait Collection
Object number:
NPG.2002.188
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