Josef Albers
Grey Steps, Grey Scales, Grey Ladders

The gallery's first exhibition of Josef Albers's work focuses on the artist's use of black, white, and grey throughout his career. The exhibition takes its title from a passage in Albers's Interaction of Color (1963), his significant treatise on color studies and an essential handbook for artists and teachers. The show includes Homage to the Square (A) (1950), the first in the artist's Homage to the Square series which would occupy him from this point until his death in 1976.


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Josef Albers
Josef Albers
Homage to the Square (A), 1950
30 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches (77.5 x 77.5 cm)

"David Zwirner’s exhibition casts Albers not only as an influential abstract painter, but also as a masterful operator of systems and concepts, moving his work into open engagements with the environment outside the canvas itself."—A review of Grey Steps, Grey Scales, Grey Ladders in Art Observed

Josef Albers
  • Treble Clef G n, 1932-1935
15 x 10 1/8 inches (38.1 x 25.7 cm)

"To this end, we study gradation by producing so-called grey steps, grey scales, grey ladders. These demonstrate a gradual stepping up or down between white and black, between lighter and darker." — Josef Albers, Interaction of Color