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Josef Albers at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: An Exhibition of His Paintings and Prints

Geldzahler, Henry
1971
76 pages
48 illustrations
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Josef Albers has said that his great negative ambition has always been to do work that didn't look like anyone else's, work that was not reminiscent. In this, of course, he has succeeded. And, curiously enough, the place he has carved for himself, the position he has claimed through the insistence of his work, has been resistant to direct imitation. Albers' uniqueness resides in the ways his painting has gone along the parallel roads marked Science and Poetry. In the late fifties and early sixties there was much panic-stricken thought abroad that these roads, the routes of the two cultures, were mutually exclusive and even antagonistic. But there has always been art that made nonsense of this false duality, and Albers' art is a recent and contemporary refutation of it.

The scientific aspect of his researches is in his color concepts that deal with both light and paint, but primarily with what the eye is capable of distinguishing. To hear Albers on the subject of what is possible in translating the subtlety of painted color into silk-screen printing and color photography is to engage in a postgraduate discussion in discrimination. Yellow, he affirms, cannot be photographed successfully in all its gradations; reds are available in printers' inks that elude the manufacturer of paint. As a consequence of his training and teaching at the Bauhaus, Albers is totally committed to all such details of his craft; it is his natural inclination as well. [...] His has truly been a remarkable career of devotion to the craft and art of painting. The Metropolitan Museum is proud to be the vehicle for exhibiting the works, both painting and graphic, that demonstrate his achievement.

Pillars, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Sandblasted flashed glass, vitreous paint, metal and chipboard
1928
Homage to the Square: Green Promise, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Oil on Masonite
1956
Homage to the Square: Enfolding, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Oil on Masonite
1965
Oestlich (Easterly), Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Cork relief
1933
Meer, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Woodcut
1933
Segments, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Linoleum cut
1934
Beta, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Lithograph
1939
Delta, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Lithograph
1939
Velocidad, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Drypoint
1940
Above the Water, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Woodcut
1944
Tlaloc, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Woodcut in rough pine board
1944
Inscribed, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Cork relief
1944
Contra, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Linoleum cut
1944
Intaglio Solo X, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Inkless intaglio from vinylite plate
1958
Day & Night II from Day and Night: Homage to the Square, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Lithograph
1963
1970
MMA-1, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Screenprint
1970
MMA-2, Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Color screenprint
1970
1970
Pillars (1928), Josef Albers  American, born Germany, Screenprint
1970
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Albers, Josef. 1971. Josef Albers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: an exhibition of his paintings and prints. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.