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Josef Albers



1) Albers and his students in a colors class at Yale University. 1952. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

The first retrospective exhibition in Japan for the work of Josef Albers, a German-born artist, designer, and art professor, is currently open at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art in Chiba. Albers studied at Bauhaus and later joined their faculty, eventually becoming one of their professors teaching the principles. After Bauhaus closed, he emigrated to the US with his wife Anni, a textiles artist. Albers subsequently taught at Black Mountain College and Yale University, spending the years after the war educating some of the United States’ most eminent artists. This exhibition focuses not only on his work as a designer, but also as an educator. It features his work, information about his lectures, and his process which encouraged his students to open their eyes towards materials and colors as well as to think while moving your hands.

2) Josef Albers, Stacking Tables. Circa 1927.
3) Josef Albers, Leaf Study I. Circa 1940.

Josef Albers: Pedagogical Experiments
Dates: 9:30 – 17:00 (Last admission 16:00)
29 July – 5 November 2023
Closed: Mondays (except Sep. 18, Oct. 9), Sep. 19, Oct. 10
Venue: Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art (631 Sakado, Sakura, Chiba Prefecture)

4) Artist unknown (Black Mountain College student), matière (stones and paper painted with yellow squares). Circa 1940.

Art pieces are all owned by The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.  JASPAR, Tokyo, 2023 G3217 Photo: Tim Nighswander/Imaging4Art (Images 2 and 3)

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