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.

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January 13March 10, 2017
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An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Color study for Homage to the Square.

Josef Albers

Color study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil and graphite on blotting paper
Framed: 13 x 13 x 1 1/4 inches (33 x 33 x 3.2 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil and graphite on blotting paper
Framed: 17 1/4 x 16 x 1 1/2 inches (43.8 x 40.6 x 3.8 cm)
A work on paper by Josef Albers titled Color study (Variant/Adobe), circa 1947.

Josef Albers

Color study (Variant/Adobe), c. 1947
Oil and graphite on blotting paper
Framed: 17 1/8 x 20 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches (43.5 x 51.1 x 3.8 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil on paper
Framed: 19 1/8 x 16 7/8 x 1 1/4 inches (48.6 x 42.9 x 3.2 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square: See, dated 1961.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square: See, 1961
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (62.2 x 62.2 x 3.2 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square [Autumn], dated 1966.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square [Autumn Scent], 1966
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 16 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches (41.3 x 41.3 x 3.8 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Homage to the Square [White Aura], dated 1968.

Josef Albers

Homage to the Square [White Aura], 1968
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 40 1/4 x 40 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches (102.2 x 102.2 x 3.5 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square: Now, dated 1962.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square: Now, 1962
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (62.2 x 62.2 x 3.8 cm)
Installation view of the exhibition: Josef Albers: Sunny Side Up at David Zwirner in London, dated 2017.
Installation view of the exhibition: Josef Albers: Sunny Side Up at David Zwirner in London, dated 2017.
Installation view of the exhibition: Josef Albers: Sunny Side Up at David Zwirner in London, dated 2017.
Installation view of the exhibition: Josef Albers: Sunny Side Up at David Zwirner in London, dated 2017.
Josef Albers in his studio circa 1968.

Josef Albers in his studio, c. 1968. Photo by Michel Desjardins. © 2016 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
A painting by Josef Albers titled Untitled (variant/adobe), dated 1956 to 1958.

Josef Albers

Untitled (Variant/Adobe), 1956-1958
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 18 1/2 x 26 1/8 x 1 1/4 inches (47 x 66.4 x 3.2 cm)

“It all shows how singular, driven, ordered and monomaniacal he was in his quest for pure geometry, pure colour, pure art. That’s what elevates this above what’s on the canvas—the passion and drive, the obsession at its heart.”—Time Out London gives the exhibition a four-star review

An undated oil and graphite on cardboard painting by Josef Albers titled Color study.

Josef Albers

Color study, n.d.
Oil and graphite on cardboard
Framed: 10 x 18 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (25.4 x 47 x 3.8 cm)
Josef Albers/ALBJO0175

Josef Albers

Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil on blotting paper
16 1/8 x 16 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches (41 x 41 x 3.8 cm)
Josef Albers/ALBJO0175

Josef Albers

Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil and graphite on paper
Framed: 18 3/8 x 12 x 1 1/2 inches (46.7 x 30.5 x 3.8 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Homage to the Square, dated 1963.

Josef Albers

Homage to the Square, 1963
Oil on Masonite
24 1/2 x 24 1/2 inches (62.2 x 62.2 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Almost Four (color étude), circa 1936.

Josef Albers

Almost Four (color étude), c. 1936
Oil on wood composition board
Framed: 17 1/2 x 19 x 1 1/2 inches (44.5 x 48.3 x 3.8 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square: See, dated 1961.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square: See, 1961
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (62.2 x 62.2 x 3.2 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil on paper
Framed: 19 1/8 x 16 7/8 x 1 1/4 inches (48.6 x 42.9 x 3.2 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil and graphite on blotting paper
Framed: 22 1/8 x 17 1/8 x 1 1/4 inches (56.2 x 43.5 x 3.2 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Homage to the Square, dated 1971.

Josef Albers

Homage to the Square, 1971
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 48 1/4 x 48 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches (122.6 x 122.6 x 3.8 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Homage to the Square, dated 1969.

Josef Albers

Homage to the Square, 1969
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 16 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches (41.3 x 41.3 x 3.5 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Homage to the Square, dated 1969.

Josef Albers

Homage to the Square, 1969
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 16 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches (41.3 x 41.3 x 3.5 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square [Autumn], dated 1966.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square [Autumn Scent], 1966
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 16 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches (41.3 x 41.3 x 3.8 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square, dated 1965.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square, 1965
Oil on Masonite
24 5/8 x 24 5/8 inches (62.5 x 62.5 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil and graphite on blotting paper
Framed: 20 x 16 7/8 x 1 1/2 inches (50.8 x 42.9 x 3.8 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil and graphite on cardboard
Framed: 18 x 11 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches (45.7 x 28.3 x 3.8 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil and graphite on blotting paper
Framed: 16 x 10 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches (40.6 x 25.7 x 3.8 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Study for Mitered Square.

Josef Albers

Study for Mitered Square, n.d.
Oil and graphite on card stock
Framed: 11 1/8 x 10 7/8 x 1 1/2 inches (28.3 x 27.6 x 3.8 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Color study for a Mitered Square.

Josef Albers

Color study for a Mitered Square, n.d.
Oil, graphite, ink, and collage on blotting paper
Framed: 11 1/4 x 10 7/8 x 1 1/2 inches (28.6 x 27.6 x 3.8 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Browns, Ochre, Yellow, dated 1948.

Josef Albers

Browns, Ochre, Yellow, 1948
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 18 7/8 x 26 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches (47.9 x 67.3 x 5.7 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Untitled (variant/adobe), dated 1956 to 1958.

Josef Albers

Untitled (Variant/Adobe), 1956-1958
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 18 1/2 x 26 1/8 x 1 1/4 inches (47 x 66.4 x 3.2 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Untitled (Variant/Adobe), dated 1948 to 1955.

Josef Albers

Variant/Adobe, 1948-1955
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 23 5/8 x 35 7/8 x 1 1/4 inches (60 x 91.1 x 3.2 cm)
A work on paper by Josef Albers titled Color study (Variant/Adobe), circa 1947.

Josef Albers

Color study (Variant/Adobe), c. 1947
Oil and graphite on blotting paper
Framed: 17 1/8 x 20 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches (43.5 x 51.1 x 3.8 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square: 2 Grays between 2 Yellows, dated 1961.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square: 2 Grays between 2 Yellows, 1961
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 22 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (57.2 x 57.2 x 3.8 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square: Now, dated 1962.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square: Now, 1962
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (62.2 x 62.2 x 3.8 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil and graphite on blotting paper
Framed: 16 x 13 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (40.6 x 34.3 x 3.8 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Homage to the Square, dated 1963.

Josef Albers

Homage to the Square, 1963
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 16 1/4 x 16 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches (41.3 x 41.3 x 3.8 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Homage to the Square, dated 1963.

Josef Albers

Homage to the Square, 1963
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 16 1/8 x 16 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches (41 x 41 x 3.8 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Homage to the Square [White Aura], dated 1968.

Josef Albers

Homage to the Square [White Aura], 1968
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 40 1/4 x 40 1/4 x 1 3/8 inches (102.2 x 102.2 x 3.5 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square with color study.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square with color study, n.d.
Oil and graphite on blotting paper
Framed: 18 7/8 x 15 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (47.9 x 39.4 x 3.8 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Color study.

Josef Albers

Color study, n.d.
Oil and graphite on card stock
Framed: 12 x 18 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches (30.5 x 47.6 x 3.8 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Three color studies for Homage to the Square.

Josef Albers

Three color studies for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil and graphite on blotting paper with varnish
Framed: 16 3/8 x 10 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches (41.6 x 25.7 x 3.8 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square.

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil and graphite on blotting paper
Framed: 17 1/8 x 9 x 1 1/2 inches (43.5 x 22.9 x 3.8 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Study for Homage to the Square

Josef Albers

Study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil and graphite on blotting paper
Framed: 17 1/4 x 16 x 1 1/2 inches (43.8 x 40.6 x 3.8 cm)
A painting by Josef Albers titled Study to Homage to the Square: Aurora, dated 1957.

Josef Albers

Study to Homage to the Square: Aurora, 1957
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 24 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (62.2 x 62.2 x 3.2 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Color study for Homage to the Square.

Josef Albers

Color study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil and graphite on blotting paper
Framed: 13 x 13 x 1 1/4 inches (33 x 33 x 3.2 cm)
An undated work on paper by Josef Albers titled Color study for Homage to the Square.

Josef Albers

Color study for Homage to the Square, n.d.
Oil and graphite on blotting paper
Framed: 13 x 13 x 1 1/4 inches (33 x 33 x 3.2 cm)

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