Josef Albers 1888 - 1976

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Josef Albers - MMA-1
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Hot Off The Press
May 2024
Bonhams, London
Est.: 1.000 - 1.500 GBP
Realised: 2.048 GBP
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Josef Albers - Homage to the Square: Ten Works by Josef Albers
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Prints and Multiples
April 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 20.000 - 30.000 USD
Realised: 63.000 USD
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Josef Albers - Homage to the Square: Autumn Light
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20th / 21st Century: London Evening Sale
March 2024
Christies, London
Est.: 480.000 - 550.000 GBP
Realised: 630.000 GBP
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Josef Albers - I-S b
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Contemporary Edition: New York
March 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 10.710 USD
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Josef Albers - I-S a
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Contemporary Edition: New York
March 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 5.000 - 7.000 USD
Realised: 12.600 USD
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Josef Albers - Structural Constellation: Duo H
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Contemporary Edition: New York
March 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 18.000 - 25.000 USD
Realised: 23.940 USD
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Josef Albers - Day + Night IX, from Day and Night: Homage to the Square
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Contemporary Edition: New York
March 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 2.000 - 4.000 USD
Realised: 10.080 USD
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Josef Albers - Day + Night VI, from Day and Night: Homage to the Square
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Contemporary Edition: New York
March 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 2.000 - 4.000 USD
Realised: 8.190 USD
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Josef Albers - Josef Albers Honors the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (D. 224)
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Editions & Works on Paper
February 2024
Phillips, New York Auction
Est.: 15.000 - 20.000 USD
Realised: not available
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Josef Albers - Folder 2; Folder 30, from Portfolio II, Formulation: Articulation (2 works)
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Prints & MultiplesAbstractions
February 2024
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 500 - 700 USD
Realised: 704 USD
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Josef Albers - Folder 16; Folder 20, from Portfolio II, Formulation: Articulation (2 works)
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Prints & MultiplesAbstractions
February 2024
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 500 - 700 USD
Realised: 640 USD
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Josef Albers - Rare Echo.
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German Post War | ONLINE ONLY
January 2024
VAN HAM
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 EUR
Realised: 2.640 EUR
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The artist Josef Albers

  • US-American-German artist and art educator of concrete art.
  • Was deputy director of the State Bauhaus until 1933.
  • In 1976, he founded the non-profit The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, which still exists today.

Josef Albers, born 19 March 1888 in Bottrop, North Rhine-Westphalia, died 25 March 1976 in New Haven, Connecticut, was a US-German painter of concrete art as well as an art theorist and educator. Alber's abstract art illustrates his meticulous examination of the interaction of colours and forms as well as their cognitive perception by the viewer - this theoretical approach makes him a classical representative of concrete art. In contrast, he created optical illusions based on geometry, which also makes him, together with Victor Vasarely, a pioneer of Op Art. His Hommage to the Square, a series of oil paintings of differently coloured squares from the 1950s, on the other hand, makes greater use of the hard edge.

Albers' professional turn to art came at the beginning of the 1910s, when he worked as an elementary school teacher: from 1913 he attended the Königliche Kunstschule in Berlin and was inspired right at the start by Piet Mondrian's works for his first abstract painting. Between 1916 and 1919 he was enrolled at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Essen. He then went to the art academy in Munich for a year, with Franz von Stuck as his teacher. His comprehensive art education finally paved the way for him to take a preliminary course at the State Bauhaus in Weimar, which he completed in 1920 with Johannes Itten - the latter laid the foundation for Albers' final focus on abstract art. Albers taught at the Bauhaus for a long time, including under Walter Gropius himself.

He continued to teach at the Bauhaus even after the art school moved to Dessau and was deputy director there until it was closed by the National Socialists in 1933. With Hitler's seizure of power, Albers fled to the USA and resumed his teaching work at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. His students included Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd and Kenneth Noland. He became a US citizen in 1939. It was not until 1950 that he changed his chair to Yale University in New Haven, where he headed the Art Department until 1959. After the war was over, he accepted a teaching position in Germany again for the first time: a guest professorship at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm.

In 1958 Albers was awarded the Cross of Merit First Class of the Federal Republic of Germany. Other honours and prizes he received include the Grand Prize of the Third Bienal Americana Grabado in Santiago (1968) and the Grand Prize for Painting of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (1968). In 1970 he was made an honorary citizen of his birthplace Bottrop. In 1971, Albers and his wife founded The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, a non-profit organisation that still exists today. He died in 1976 shortly after his 88th birthday.

Der Künstler Josef Albers

  • US-amerikanisch-deutscher Künstler und Kunstpädagoge der konkreten Kunst.
  • Bis 1933 stellvertretender Leiter des Staatlichen Bauhauses.
  • Gründete 1976 die bis heute existierende gemeinnützige The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation.

Josef Albers, 19.03.1888 in Bottrop, Nordrhein-Westfalen, gest. 25. März 1976 in New Haven, Connecticut, war ein US-amerikanisch-deutscher Maler der konkreten Kunst sowie Kunsttheoretiker und -pädagoge. Albers abstrakte Kunst veranschaulicht seine minutiöse Auseinandersetzung mit der Wechselwirkung von Farben und Formen sowie ihrer kognitiven Wahrnehmung durch die Betrachtenden – dieser theoretische Ansatz macht ihn zum klassischen Vertreter der konkreten Kunst. Demgegenüber schuf er auf Geometrie beruhende optische Täuschungen, wodurch er gemeinsam mit Victor Vasarely auch als Pionier der Op-Art begriffen wird. Seine Hommage to the Square, eine Ölgemälde-Reihe von verschiedenfarbigen Quadraten aus den 1950er-Jahren, bedient sich dagegen zu größeren Anteilen des Hard Edge.

Albers berufliche Hinwendung zur Kunst erfolgte zu Beginn der 1910er-Jahre, als er bereits ausgebildeter Volksschullehrer war: Ab 1913 besuchte er die Königliche Kunstschule in Berlin und ließ sich gleich zu Beginn von Piet Mondrians Werken zu seinem ersten abstrakten Bild inspirieren. Zwischen 1916 bis 1919 war er an der Kunstgewerbeschule in Essen eingeschrieben. Anschließend ging er für ein Jahr zur Kunstakademie in München, mit Franz von Stuck als seinem Lehrmeister. Seine umfassende Kunstausbildung ebnete ihm schließlich den Weg zu einem Vorkurs am Staatlichen Bauhaus Weimar, den er 1920 bei Johannes Itten absolvierte – jener legte den Grundstein für Albers endgültige Fokussierung auf die abstrakte Kunst.

Am Bauhaus war Albers lange Zeit in der Lehre tätig, so auch unter Walter Gropius selbst. Er dozierte auch nach dem Umzug der Kunstschule nach Dessau weiter am Bauhaus und war dort bis zur Schließung durch die Nationalsozialisten 1933 stellvertretender Leiter. Mit Hitlers Machtergreifung floh Albers in die USA und nahm dort seine pädagogische Arbeit am Black Mountain College in North Carolina wieder auf. Zu seinen Schülern zählten mitunter Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd und Kenneth Noland. 1939 nahm er die US-amerikanische Staatsbürgerschaft an. Erst 1950 wechselte er seinen Lehrstuhl zur Yale University in New Haven und leitete dort bis 1959 das Art Department.

Nachdem der Krieg vorbei war, nahm er erstmals auch wieder einen Lehrauftrag in Deutschland an: eine Gastprofessur an der Hochschule für Gestaltung in Ulm. 1958 erhielt Albers das Verdienstkreuz Erster Klasse der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Zu weiteren Ehrungen und Preisen zählen der große Preis der Dritten Bienal Americana Grabado in Santiago (1968) und der große Preis für Malerei des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (1968) – 1970 wurde er zum Ehrenbürger in seinem Geburtsort Bottrop gekürt. 1971 gründete Albers gemeinsam mit seiner Frau die bis heute existierende gemeinnützige Gesellschaft The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation. Er starb 1976 kurz nach seinem 88. Geburtstag.

Josef Albers - Pompeian.
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German Post War | ONLINE ONLY
January 2024
VAN HAM
Est.: 1.500 - 2.000 EUR
Realised: 2.112 EUR
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Josef Albers - Tuscany.
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German Post War | ONLINE ONLY
January 2024
VAN HAM
Est.: 1.800 - 2.400 EUR
Realised: 3.696 EUR
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Josef Albers - Allegro.
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German Post War | ONLINE ONLY
January 2024
VAN HAM
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 EUR
Realised: 3.564 EUR
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Josef Albers - Blue Reminding.
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German Post War | ONLINE ONLY
January 2024
VAN HAM
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 EUR
Realised: 3.960 EUR
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Josef Albers - SP XII
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Day Sale - Moderne Kunst
December 2023
Lempertz, Cologne
Est.: 5.000 - 6.000 EUR
Realised: 6.930 EUR
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Josef Albers - SP XI
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Day Sale - Moderne Kunst
December 2023
Lempertz, Cologne
Est.: 3.000 - 4.000 EUR
Realised: 5.040 EUR
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Josef Albers - SP II
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Day Sale - Moderne Kunst
December 2023
Lempertz, Cologne
Est.: 3.000 - 4.000 EUR
Realised: 4.284 EUR
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Josef Albers - Study for Homage to the Square
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Evening Sale - Moderne und Zeitgenössische Kunst
December 2023
Lempertz, Cologne
Est.: 250.000 - 350.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Josef Albers - In the Cathedral: Small Middle Nave
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Day Sale - Moderne Kunst
December 2023
Lempertz, Cologne
Est.: 10.000 - 15.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Josef Albers - Folder 2; Folder 30, from Portfolio II, Formulation: Articulation (2 works)
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Deck the WallsPrints & Multiples
December 2023
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 500 - 700 USD
Realised: not available
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Josef Albers - Folder 16; Folder 20, from Portfolio II, Formulation: Articulation (2 works)
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Deck the WallsPrints & Multiples
December 2023
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 500 - 700 USD
Realised: not available
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Josef Albers - Folder 20; Folder 18; Folder 16, from Portfolio II, Formulation: Articulation (3 works)
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Deck the WallsPrints & Multiples
December 2023
Bonhams, New York (Online Auction)
Est.: 600 - 900 USD
Realised: 768 USD
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