5 May - 4 June 2005

Josef Albers

The Development of an Image

The Alan Cristea is holding an important exhibition of prints and related unique studies by Josef Albers. Albers is considered to be one of the most influential artists and teachers of the twentieth century. All of the works come from the collection of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and many of these works have never been exhibited before.

Over 50 unique and editioned works dating from 1944-76 will show how Albers developed an image, before finally realising it as an editioned print.

The exhibition will highlight Josef Albers's immersion in the astounding range of ways that paper can come into contact with a stone or screen or block or other fixed object, either with or without ink, to produce results that could not have been achieved by the human hand alone. This exhibition also enables us to see, with a new slant, the artist's ultimate area of passion: Colour. By seeing the studies in relation to the end results one will see that, for Albers, the making of art was a constant process of exploration.

Albers was a printmaker who took enormous pleasure in experimenting with numerous media, including etching, drypoint, engraving, cork relief, lithography, and inkless intaglios, before finally settling on screenprinting as the ideal method for conveying the clarity and purity of his meticulous Homages and the exhibition will contain examples of all of these media.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue containing an essay by Nicholas Fox-Weber, the Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

The Alan Cristea Gallery exclusively represents the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation for graphic works.

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