- Interaction of Color
22 – July 16, 2004
"In visual perception,
a color is almost never seen as it really is- as it physically is. This
fact makes color the most relative medium in art."
- Josef Albers
On view in The Dean's Gallery is a selection of thirty-two color plates
from Josef Albers' Interaction of Color, which was originally published
in 1963 as an experimental guide and teaching aid for artists, instructors,
and students. The plates are not only works of art, but practical exercises
that use color deception (illusion) to demonstrate the relativity and
instability of color. The entire set of plates and full accompanying texts
of Interaction of Color may be explored on the computer at the
front of the gallery.
Josef Albers (1888-1976 ) was one of the most influential teaching artists
and color theorists of the 20th century. He was a master of Germany' s
Bauhaus group from 1925 until the Nazis closed it in 1933. At that time,
he came to the United States, where he taught at the prestigious Black
Mountain College until 1950, when he joined the Yale University faculty
as Chairman of the Department of Design. The recipient of numerous awards
and honorary degrees, Albers was elected to the National Institute of
Arts and Letters in 1968.
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permission of the artists.
Josef Albers, "Interactions of Color"
Copyright © 1963 Josef Albers
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