Formulation: Articulation (Portfolio II), 1972

Certain color combinations can startle us into seeing differently. Josef Albers spent his life investigating this belief, painting countless variations to see how colors interact. After 1950, his format was always the same: squares inside squares. He used each color exactly as it came out of the paint tube, even recording the color’s name and manufacturer on the back of each artwork. This method presented a challenge when Albers, a German émigré who began his career in 1920 at the Bauhaus school in Weimar, Germany, made Formulation: Articulation, a survey of his life’s work. Now it was the early 1970s, and many more colors were available to him than earlier in his career. So, the tireless Albers, at 83, reimagined nearly every work in the book with new colors. He then worked with printers Norman Ives and Sewell Sillman—his former students—to turn them into screenprints.

Details
Title
Formulation: Articulation (Portfolio II)
Artist Life
American (born Germany), 1888–1976
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.123.51.2
Provenance
William P. Kosmas, London, England (d. 2017); Estate of William P. Kosmas, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2018.
Catalogue Raisonne
Danilowitz, Appendix C
Curator Approved

This record has been reviewed by our curatorial staff but may be incomplete. These records are frequently revised and enhanced. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@artsmia.org.

Does something look wrong with this image? Let us know

No Image Available