Josef Albers, Formulation: Articulation I, Folder 5, 1972, screenprint on heavy weight wove paper, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, gift of The Josef Albers Foundation, 1975.41.5, © 2016 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation/Artist Rights Society, New York

Josef Albers

The artist Josef Albers (1888 - 1976) was born in Germany, but his work eventually fell under the title of what the Nazis called "deviant" art, and in 1933 he left Germany for the United States. He taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolin, and Yale University, and through his teaching and his work he influenced countless 20th Century Artists.

You will be going to visit the Addison Gallery of American Art and view works by Josef Albers, including the one above. Some questions to think about as you look at these paintings:

  1. How could you describe the shapes in the painting? Could you describe them using only words, such that somebody unfamiliar with the painting would be able to recreate it?
  2. What can you say about the colors Albers used? Is there a pattern or sequence to them?
  3. How do the two halves of the painting, left and right, differ? How are they the same?