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Basic Data

  • Born: 19 March 1888
  • Place of birth: Bottrop
  • Died on: 25 March 1976
  • Nationality: German/ American
  • Studied at: Berliner Akademie, Kunstgewerbeschule Essen, Münchener Akademie, Bauhaus Weimar
  • Teachers: Thorn-Prikker, F. v. Stuck
  • Similar Artists: Victor Vasarely
  • Era: Postmodernism, contemporary art
  • Stylistic direction: Op Art, Minimal Art

 

Collections

Australia

Denmark

Germany

 

France

Ireland

Italy

Japan

Austria

Hungary

USA

 

Exhibitions

  • 07.06.2019 - 26.04.2020 Von Albers bis Zukunft - Auf den Spuren des Bauhauses - Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld.
  • 25.05.2019 - 26.10.2019 Vertigo. Op Art und eine Geschichte des Schwindels 1520–1970 - MUMOK, Vienna.
  • 08.02.2019 - 28.07.2019 The Bauhaus and Harvard - Harvard Art Museums — Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, Arthur M. Sackler, Carpenter, Cambridge.
  • 09.02.2019 - 28.04.2019 Josef Albers / Donald Judd. Thematic Variations - Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery.
  • 27.07.2018 - 04.11.2018 Josef and Anni Albers - Voyage inside a blind experience - The Glucksman, Cork.
  • 16.06.2018 - 08.10.2018 Josef Albers. Interaction - Villa Hügel, Essen.
  • 19.05.2018 - 03.09.2018 Josef Albers in Mexico - Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.
  • 03.11.2017 - 18.02.2018 Josef Albers in Mexico - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
  • 04.6. 2017 - 04.02.2018 Artists of Color - MOCA The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
  • 21.10.2016 - 27.05.2017 An Imagined Museum. Works from the Centre Pompidou, Tate and MMK collections - Centre Pompidou-Metz.

 

Awards

  • 1958: Cross of Merit First Class of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • 1964: Medal of the Year des American Institute of Graphic Art, New York.
  • 1967: Award for Painting des Carnegie Institute.
  • 1968: Elected member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York.
  • 1968: Gran Premio "Presidente Frei" der 3. Bienal Americana de Grabadom Santiago de Chile.
  • 1968: Grand Prize for Painting of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • 1970: Honorary citizen Bottrop.
  • 1973: Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
  • 1974: Extraordinary member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
  • 1975: Medal of Fine Arts des American Institute of Architects in New York.

Films

  • Josef and Anni Albers: Art is Everywhere, Documentation by Sedat Pakay, 57min, USA 2006.
  • Josef Albers teaching at Yale, silent film by John Cohen, 11.33min, USA ca. 1955.

Literature

  • Josef Albers. Life and Work, Charles Darwent, London 2018.
  • Josef Albers. "So ist Kunst ... Erlebnis", Martina Sauer, Wiesbaden 2018.
  • Josef Albers. Interaction, exhibition catalog, Heinz Liesbrock und Ulrike Growe (Publ.), Cologne 2018.
  • Josef Albers: no tricks, no twinkling of the eyes, exhibition catalog, Tone Hansen and Milena Hoegsberg (Publ.), Cologne 2014.
  • Josef Albers: Learning to see. Josef Albers as a Teacher, from Bauhaus to Yale, exhibition catalog, with texts by Giovanni Iovane, Elisa Nocentini, Gregorio Battistoni, Brenda Danilowitz, Samuele Boncompagni, Roberta Panichi, Bivange 2013.
  • Malerei auf Papier. Josef Albers in Amerika,  Hans Liesbrock (Publ.) Ostfildern 2010.
  • Nur der Schein trügt nicht. Das Sehen als interaktiver Prozess, Silke von Berswordt-Wallrabe (Publ.), Bielefeld 2008.
  • Anni und Josef Albers. Begegnung mit Lateinamerika, Brenda Danilowitz, Heinz Liesbrock (Publ.), Ostfildern 2007.

 

Own Writings

  • POEMS AND DRAWINGS, Josef Albers, New Haven 2006.
  • Formulation: Articulation, Josef Albers, New York 1972.
  • Interaction of Color – Grundlegung einer Didaktik des Sehens, Josef Albers,  New Haven 1963.

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