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Brunch 8

EntrĂŠes 16

Dessert 24

Fruits 34

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Homage to the Square, 1963


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Josef Albers (March 19, 1888 – March 25, 1976) Albers was a German-born American artist and educator whose work, both in Europe and in the United States, formed the basis of some of the most influential and far-reaching art education programs of the twentieth century. He was born into a Roman Catholic family of craftsmen in Bottrop, Westphalia, Germany. He worked from 1908 to 1913 as a schoolteacher in his home town. Albers trained as an art teacher at KÜnigliche Kunstschule in Berlin, Germany, from 1913 to 1915. In 1918 he received his first public commission, Rosa mystica ora pro nobis, a stained-glass window for a church in Essen.


Homage to the Square: “Ascending”, 1953. Oil on composition board, 1105mm × 110.5 .m Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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Homage to the Square: . 1959 Screen print, 406 x 406 mm Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

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Mitered squares(H). 1976 Screen prints on Arches, 286 x 286 mm Portfolio of twelve screen prints on Arches 88 rag mould-made paper

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02 ENTRテ右S

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Albers enrolled as a student in the preliminary course of Johannes Itten at the Weimar Bauhaus in 1920. Although Albers had studied painting, it was as a maker of stained glass that he joined the faculty of the Bauhaus in 1922, approaching his chosen medium as a component of architecture and as a stand-alone art form. The director and founder of the Bauhaus, Walter Gropius, asked him in 1923 to teach in the preliminary course ‘Werklehre’ of the department of design to introduce newcomers to the principles of handicrafts, because Albers came from that background and had appropriate practice and knowledge. In 1925, Albers was promoted to professor, the year the Bauhaus moved to Dessau. At this time, he married Anni Albers who was a student there. His work in Dessau included designing furniture and working with glass.

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White Line Square IV, 1966. Lithograph on paper, 400 x 400 mm Presented by the Museum of Modern Art, New York 1976

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White Line Square IV, 1966. Lithograph on paper, 400 x 400 mm Presented by the Museum of Modern Art, New York 1976

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Homage to the square. 1959 Oil on masonite, 330 x 255 mm Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio

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With the closure of the Bauhaus under Nazi pressure in 1933 the artists dispersed, most leaving the country. Albers immigrated to the United States. The architect Philip Johnson, then a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, arranged for Albers to be offered a job as head of a new art school, Black Mountain College, in North Carolina. ￟ In 1950, Albers left Black Mountain to head the department of design at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. While at Yale, Albers worked to expand the nascent graphic design program. Albers worked at Yale until he retired from teaching in 1958. In 1962, as a fellow at Yale, he received a grant from the Graham Foundation for an exhibit and lecture on his work. Albers also collaborated with Yale professor and architect King-lui Wu in creating decorative designs for some of Wu’s projects. Also, at this time he worked on his structural constellation pieces.

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Homage to the Square. 1951 Oil on fiberboard, 450 x 450 mm Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA

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Ründe (Circle). 1933 Woodcut, 254 x 203 mm Tate’s collection of Modern Art

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Interaction of Color, 1976 Yale University

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Factory A, 1925/26 Sandblasted flashed glass with black paint 355mm x 45.7 mm

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In 1963, he published Interaction of Color, which presented his theory that colors were governed by an internal and deceptive logic. Also during this time, he created the abstract album covers of bandleader Enoch Light’s Command LP records. His album cover for Terry Snyder and the All Stars 1959 album, Persuasive Percussion, shows a tightly packed grid or lattice of small black disks from which a few wander up and out as if stray molecules of some light gas. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1973. Albers continued to paint and write, staying in New Haven with his wife, textile artist, Anni Albers, until his death in 1976.

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Interaction of Color. 1963 Screen prints, 255 x 330 mm Portfolio book published by Yale University Press, New Haven.

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Persuasive Percussion. 1959 Off-set lithograph on white wove paper, 316 x 316 mm Teryy Shnyder Record Album Sleeve

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Interaction of Color, 1963

Lean And Green, 1973 Homage to the Square Orange, 1964 Gray Instrumentation II, 1975 SP-V, 1967 Portfolio of twelve screen printson Arches 88, 1973


05 QUOTE iPad Apps: Interaction of Color by Josef Albers by Yale

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Albers Is All Around Us

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MoMA Project  

Josef Albers x El Lissitzky

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