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from the portfolio Formulation : Articulation

Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

from the portfolio Formulation : Articulation

Artist: Josef Albers (American, born Germany, 1888–1976)
Publisher: Published by Ives-Sillman, Inc. (New Haven, founded 1958)
Culture: American
Date: 1972
Medium: Screenprint on Mohawk Superfine Bristol paper
Image (Left): 10 x 12 1/2 inches (25.4 x 31.8 cm)
Image (Right): 10 x 12 1/2 inches (25.4 x 31.8 cm)
Sheet (Folded): 15 x 20 inches (38.1 x 50.8 cm)
Sheet (Unfolded): 15 x 40 inches (38.1 x 101.6 cm)
State: 362
Edition: 1000
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of The Josef Albers Foundation
Label Text:Formulation : Articulation

Josef Albers was arguably the twentieth century’s most important art educator and theorist. Born in Germany, Albers studied at the Bauhaus, a progressive school that eliminated the traditional boundaries between fine art, design, and craft. In the early 1930s, Albers and his wife Anni immigrated to the United States where he became head of the art department of the recently formed experimental Black Mountain College in Asheville, North Carolina. After nearly two decades at Black Mountain, Albers left to become chair of the Department of Design at Yale University and soon began working with the screenprinting process. By the late-1960s, the artist wanted to create a compendium of his works that could be used by students of design and color theory. With the help of two former students who had established a publishing company, he created Formulation : Articulation, a portfolio of 126 screenprints based on paintings and prints dating back to the Bauhaus. Included here is a selection of some of Albers’ best known designs from the portfolio, such as the ubiquitous Homage to the Square, seen here in thirty different variations.

Object number: 1975.8.1.1