Josef Albers

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

Albers, Josef

(yō`zĕf äl`bĕrs), 1888–1976, German-American painter, printmaker, designer, and teacher, b. Bottrop, Germany. After working at the BauhausBauhaus
, artists' collective and school of art and architecture in Germany (1919–33). The Bauhaus revolutionized art training by combining the teaching of classic arts with the study of crafts.
..... Click the link for more information.
 (1920–33), Albers and his wife, the textile designer and weaver Anni Albers, emigrated to the United States when Hitler came to power. Albers taught throughout the Americas and Europe, headed the art department (1933–49) and was rector (1941–49) at Black Mountain CollegeBlack Mountain College,
former coeducational liberal arts college at Black Mountain, N.C., near Asheville. Founded (1933) by John Rice, also the school's first rector (1933–40), on the progressive education principles of John Dewey, it placed a strong emphasis on the arts.
..... Click the link for more information.
, and was director of the Yale School of Art (1950–58), where he was responsible for major innovations in art education. An extremely versatile artist, he is best known for his Homage to the Square, a series of paintings and prints begun in 1949. These serene works, quasiconcentric squares of subtly related colors, form an extensive examination of color properties.


See his Interaction of Color (1963); studies by E. Gomringer (1968) and W. Spies (1971).

Albers, Josef

(1888–1976) painter; born in Bottrop, Germany. In 1933, fleeing from Nazism, he emigrated to America to continue his teaching career at Black Mountain College, North Carolina (1933–49), and at Yale University (1950–60). A series of paintings, Homage to the Square, reveals his fascination with color relationships. He was influential in introducing the Bauhaus art school concepts from Germany, which stressed craftsmanship and a functional approach to design.
References in periodicals archive ?
This revision of Danilowitz's 1999 catalogue raisonne of the prints of Josef Albers follows the complete reorganization of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation (where Danilowitz is chief curator) and resulting access to new materials and digitization of images.
Almost all famous teachers of the Bauhaus school are included in the exhibition: Max Bill, Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Oskar Schlemmer and, as representatives of the students' generation, Josef Albers and Fritz Winter.
Rauschenberg studied painting at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1947 and later took his studies to Black Mountain College in North Carolina, where he studied under master Josef Albers and alongside contemporary artists such as choreographer Merce Cunningham and musician John Cage.
Asawa was one of the most promising students, absorbing every inspiration provided by such renowned European emigre teachers as Josef Albers and Buckminster Fuller, both of whom became her lifelong mentors.
As the title suggests, this exhibition focuses on the Bauhaus School between 1919 and 1933 and includes works by leading members of the movement - Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers.
This formative period was further strengthened by a time--on Gropius's recommendation--at Black Mountain College under Josef Albers.
Her husband, Josef Albers (1888-1976), a powerhouse of modernism in his own right, was a painter, printmaker, designer, and inspirational art teacher, who is best remembered for his Homage to the Square, a color series of more than 1,000 pictures executed between 1950 and 1976.
In the mid-20th Century Josef Albers, Victor Vasarely, and MC Escher experimented with it.
3--Color) ``Leaf Study IV'' (circa 1940), a collage on leaves and paper by German artist Josef Albers.
On the invitation of Josef Albers, David accepted a scholarship and travelled east.
It is an electronic version of a book by Josef Albers.
It was the kind of place where Josef Albers determined the way the cans should be stacked in the kitchen, and where the evening's entertainment might be a play with music by John Cage and dances by Merce Cunningham, sets by Elaine and Willem de Kooning, costumes by Richard Lippold, direction by Arthur Penn, and Buskminster Fuller as the leading man.