Josef Albers, Colour Study for Homage to the Square, n.d., oil on blotting paper, 16 x 12".


Josef Albers: Colored Works on Paper

Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
December 16, 2010–March 3, 2011

Curated by Heinz Liesbrock and Michael Semff

To see the work of Josef Albers is to regard the transmutation of color into form; appreciating the way in which it has been achieved is another matter. This exhibition is a rare event, laying bare Albers’s meticulous—and precarious— efforts toward rendering the visual instability essential to his practice, through the presentation of some seventy studies made between the early ’40s and the late ’60s, supplemented by a catalogue with essays by Liesbrock, Semff, and Morgan Library & Museum curator Isabelle Dervaux. As have recent smaller-scale pairings of Albers’s work with that of Ken Price and Donald Judd, this exhibition will bring the subtle sensuality of Albers’s color experimentation to light.