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.
BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE PROGRAM SERIES
All programs are free and open to the public. These programs were made possible in part through grant support from the Maurer Family Foundation and the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. We’d like to thank our lodging sponsor, the Renaissance Asheville Hotel.
UP FOR DISCUSSION
Paintings with Paper: Esteban Vicente and America’s Collage Revolution
Gallery talk with art scholar Daniel Haxall
Thursday, November 7 at 7pm
East Wing | Lower Level
Gallery Opens at 6:30pm
Lecture with Black Mountain College scholar Eva Diaz
Sunday, November 24 at 1pm
East Wing | New Media Gallery
Gallery talk with BMC art scholar Mary Emma Harris and poetry-reading with North Carolina poet laureate Joseph Bathanti
Tuesday, December 10 at 7pm
East Wing | Lower Level Galleries
Joseph Fiore: The Nature of the Artist
Film screening by filmmaker Richard Kane
Saturday + Sunday, December 14 + 15 at 2pm
East Wing | Upper Theatre
Poetry reading + film screening by painter and poet Basil King
Thursday, January 9 at 6pm
East Wing | Upper Theatre
The Black Mountain College program series is held in conjunction with Lasting Gifts: The Black Mountain College Collection (July 27, 2013–January 19, 2014); Esteban Vicente: The Art of Interruption: Painting • Drawing • Collage (September 14, 2013–January 12, 2014); and Josef Albers: Experiments in Color (October 12, 2013–March 16, 2014).