Josef Albers: Experiments in Color

Saturday, October 12, 2013 – Sunday, March 16, 2014

Gathered in part from the Asheville Art Museum’s Permanent Collection, this exhibition presents a selection of prints by German-born artist and educator Josef Albers (1888 – 1976) from the portfolios Interaction of Color, 1963, and Formulation: Articulation, 1972. As an artist, Albers is best known for painting, printmaking, and creating masterpieces of geometric Abstraction. Albers enjoyed a nearly 50-year career in teaching at schools such as Bauhaus at Weimar and Dessau, Black Mountain College and Yale University.

Throughout his career, Albers was fascinated by color and developed theories based on his own experimental studies. In 1963, Yale University Press published Albers’s book Interaction of Color, an educational tool still used to teach color theory today. This beautiful collection of prints is the product of Albers’s trial and error process with color paper, and the unique lessons learned about the visual phenomena of color relationships.

Josef Albers: Experiments in Color is organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum.

The Asheville Art Museum would like to thank CityMac Asheville for the donation of an iPad that allows us to present the Interaction of Color app, based on Josef Albers’s seminal book, in conjunction with this exhibition.

View selected works in the exhibition »