A Short Biography of Josef Albers

March 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

As part of our March Masters show (opens this weekend March 17th, 2012), our posts will spotlight various artists of the 1972 Munich Olympics series with short introductions to their lives and work. The first artist we will discuss is Josef Albers, one of the founders of the Bauhaus School in Germany.

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Original Josef Albers Olympics Poster Printed 1972

1888-1976

Josef Albers was one of the founders of the Bauhaus school (1919-1933) in Germany.  When the school was closed by the Nazis, he and his wife, painter Annie Albers emigrated to the US.  Albers explored the interaction of color with perception and was one of the first artists to investigate the psychological effects of color and space.

Over the course of his career, Albers taught at Harvard and Yale, painted, made prints, murals and wrote books of poetry as well as books on art.  He was the first living artist to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

His best known work is “Homage to Squares,” the style of which is represented in his painting created for the Munich Olympics.

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