7 September - 26 October 2019

The Interaction of Colour:

Anni Albers | Josef Albers | Polly Apfelbaum | Rana Begum | Michael Craig-Martin | Carlos Cruz-Diez | Ian Davenport | Patrick Heron | Ellsworth Kelly | Sol LeWitt | Bridget Riley

    In 1963 Josef Albers (1888 - 1976) published one of the most influential art and design books of the twentieth century, Interaction of Color, as a handbook and teaching aid for his experimental way of observing, studying and teaching colour. It was the culmination of his groundbreaking courses first begun at Black Mountain College, North Carolina, and later at Yale, Connecticut, and was to have a marked effect on subsequent generations of artists. In his teaching and writing, Albers eschewed the historical approach to colour theory as a logical, formal scientific analysis, instead focusing on the unique behavioral properties of colour based on observation and practical application. For Albers, the nature of colour was an ever shifting paradigm, whose properties were relative and fluid.

    Albers radical teaching was to have a direct influence on the numerous artists who studied on his courses, but also came at a time when there was a wider discourse underway about the nature of representation. Geometric abstraction as a vehicle for exploring the relationship of colours was being practiced internationally by artists aligned to a diverse array of movements including Pop, Op, and Minimalism, and still is today by many contemporary artists. This exhibition traces a period of over 50 years and includes prints and drawings by artists from Josef Albers to Bridget Riley, which will be exhibited together with a new site-specific installation by Rana Begum.

    Frieze West End Night
    Thursday 3 October 2019

    Behind-the-scenes Tour
    7pm, Thursday 3 October 2019
    Join us for a late night viewing of The Interaction of Colour and a behind-the-scenes tour of our private gallery spaces, including displays of new work by Rana Begum, Ian Davenport, Antony Gormley, Julian Opie and Yinka Shonibare CBE. Limited spaces available, sign up via [email protected]

    The Interaction of Colour Private View
    6-8pm, Thursday 3 October 2019
    Confirm your attendance via [email protected] / 0207 439 1866

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