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The 6th Autonomous Color: Josef Albers

July 16, 1996 - October 13, 1996

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A professor at the Bauhaus before World War II, Josef Albers escaped the Nazis by emigrating to the United States where he taught at various institutions and propagated his theory about spatial perception based on color and geometric forms. His ideas greatly influenced postwar modern art, especially graphic design, and led to the creation of a school of geometric abstract painting. Albers was also enthusiastically engaged in printmaking, believing that artistic works could be created through technical means and without manual intervention by the artist. Albers autonomy of color, constructed through exhaustive precision, was refined through the printmaking process beyond that in his oil paintings. In his collaborative efforts with Kenneth Tyler, which started in 1963, Albers produced many of the famous works of contemporary printmaking.
This exhibit was held to mark the twentieth anniversary of the death of this great artist. The exhibit focused on Albers and his lifelong study of spatial expression. About 80 pieces were displayed, including four series of prints from the CCGA collection and prints created in the 1960s at Tamarind Lithography Workshop and Gemini G.E.L., and owned today by Kenneth Tyler.