Offered here is a rare original Josef Albers silkscreen print that was part of a limited edition portfolio published in 1972 called “Formulation : Articulation.” Only 1000 copies were made. It was printed by Sirocco Screenprints and published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and Ives-Sillman, Inc., New Haven under the supervision of the artist. It is not signed but it bears the embossed initials of the artist. The print is 40 x 15 inches. As framed this piece is 25 x 50 inches. It has an 8-ply mat, a 2-inch deep white gloss hardwood moulding, and gallery acrylic face. The back side of the print has the captions seen in these photos. There is a score down the middle of the print where it was folded to fit into the portfolio box.
Albers is known worldwide for his “Homage to the Square” series he painted between 1950 and 1976. This curvilinear drawing series is related to his earlier works including “Elefant” 1933 and “Study for Eh-De” 1942.
Josef Albers (1888–1976) was an influential teacher, writer, painter, and color theorist. He taught at the Bauhaus until the Nazis closed it in 1933. He moved to the U.S. to teach at Black Mountain College in North Carolina until 1949. From 1950 to 1958 Josef Albers was chairman of the Department of Design at the Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1971, he was the first living artist ever to be honored with a solo retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.