Josef Albers
Sunny Side Up

Throughout his career, Josef Albers (1888-1976) embraced color. Spanning five decades, these paintings show a range of Albers's experiments with simple geometric forms—from the Homage to the Square and Variant/Adobe series (begun in 1950 and 1947, respectively) to rarely-seen color studies—through which he explored how colors interact and are perceived.

 

In an interview in 1968, Albers remarked, "I was for years in the yellow period." The particular appeal of yellow, used here in pure hues from goldenrod to mustard, maize, and saffron, may be attributable to its emotive qualities—as Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, explains, "Josef considered yellow the color of curing, caring and uplift." He was deeply influenced by Goethe's Theory of Color (1810), which placed yellow "among the luminous and active colors."

 

Josef Albers: Midnight and Noon includes an introduction by Nicholas Fox Weber and texts by Josef Albers, Elaine de Kooning, and Colm Tóibín. Published by David Zwirner Books.

Location

24 Grafton Street
W1S 4EZ London
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Josef Albers
Josef Albers
Color study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Framed: 13 x 13 x 1 1/4 inches (33 x 33 x 3.2 cm)
Josef Albers
Study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Framed: 17 1/4 x 16 x 1 1/2 inches (43.8 x 40.6 x 3.8 cm)
Josef Albers
Color study (Variant/Adobe), c. 1947
Framed: 17 1/8 x 20 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches (43.5 x 51.1 x 3.8 cm)
Josef Albers
Study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Framed: 19 1/8 x 16 7/8 x 1 1/4 inches (48.6 x 42.9 x 3.2 cm)
Josef Albers
Study for Homage to the Square: See, 1961
Framed: 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (62.2 x 62.2 x 3.2 cm)
Josef Albers
Study for Homage to the Square [Autumn Scent], 1966
Framed: 16 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches (41.3 x 41.3 x 3.8 cm)
Josef Albers
Homage to the Square [White Aura], 1968
Framed: 40 1/4 x 40 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches (102.2 x 102.2 x 3.5 cm)
Josef Albers
Study for Homage to the Square: Now, 1962
Framed: 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (62.2 x 62.2 x 3.8 cm)
Josef Albers in his studio, c. 1968. Photo by Michel Desjardins. © 2016 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York