Above the Water

Josef Albers American, born Germany

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Albers produced his woodcuts of the 1940s while teaching at Black Mountain College, an experimental art school in North Carolina. Within this body of work, Above the Water stages a marked contrast between a realistic aquatic surface and rigid geometric shapes that seem to hover both above and in front of the water. For Albers, the woodblock’s almost deceptive ability to resemble waves when printed was ideal for capturing the viewer’s interest. As he wrote in a text for Formulation: Articulation, the portfolio in which Above the Water was included, "To show wood merely as wood is a factual report. To make wood acting as water is an actual engagement."

Above the Water, Josef Albers (American (born Germany), Bottrop 1888–1976 New Haven, Connecticut), Woodcut

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