JOSEF ALBERS "GRAY INSTRUMENTATION II" SCREENPRINT, 1974
"Gray Instrumentation II" is one of Albers' most important series related to his chief motif - variations on homage to the square. In this example, which is a rare screenprint in an edition of only 36, Albers reminds us that he is one of the most important practitioners of minimalism and hard-edge abstraction.
Josef Albers (1888-1976) is remarkably affiliated with, or an active participant within numerous movements that have defined visual culture in the 20th century.
Albers was a student and later a professor at the Bauhaus in Germany.
After the prestigious academy was closed by the Nazis, Albers and his wife Anni (a noted textile designer) emigrated to the United States.
While Albers is best known for his series “Homage to the Square”, he was a significant mentor and taught major artists including Robert Rauchenberg, Cy Twombly and Eve Hesse at Black Mountain College and Yale.
Art Historians credit Albers for fusing elements of American and European abstraction while influencing minimalism, hard-edge painting and Op art.
His work is instantly recognizable and collected internationally.
While the “Homage to the Square” series is compositionally simple, it is an excellent starting point for understanding the history, ideology and merits of abstraction in the 20th century.
Josef Albers: historically important, calming, instantly recognizable and sophisticated.
The entire portfolio (encompassing 12 works) is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC).
It is quite rare to find single works from this important portfolio.
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"Gray Instrumentation II d"
Signed and numbered 33/36 by the artist.
Screenprint in a plexiglass box frame
11"H 11"W (square)
20"H 20"W framed
Very good condition.