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One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers

One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers


One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers

By Josef Albers
Edited by Sarah Hermanson Meister
With contributions by Elizabeth Otto and Lee Daffner

"One and One Is Four reveals an Albers at once familiar and unexpected—playful yet disciplined, personal yet enigmatic—through a body of work whose genius becomes fully apparent when considered as a whole."―Fine Books and Collections

". . .focuses on [Albers’s] early experiments with the ways in which photography did and did not render reality, the interplay between its flat shapes and its instantaneous representation of the three-dimensional world before the lens."―Randy Kennedy, The New York Times

"This small, vital display of medleys of photographs. . .reveals the man, and the joy, behind the pedagogy...these works are infectiously buoyant."―The New Yorker

German-born abstract painter Josef Albers laid the foundations for some of the most important art education programs of the 20th century. In 1936, during his time working at the Black Mountain College in North Carolina, he had his first solo exhibition in New York at J. B. Neumann’s New Art Circle. In 1949, Albers left the college and began his famous Homage to the Square series. He taught at various institutions throughout America, including Yale University, New Haven, where he lectured for eight years. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, organized Albers' traveling exhibition in 1965 and a retrospective of his work was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1971. The artist died in 1976.

Sarah Meister is a Curator in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

128 pages
The Museum of Modern Art, 2016
9.7 x 0.9 x 12.2 inches

ISBN 9781633450172
Artist Monographs, Exhibition Catalogue, Bauhaus, Photography 

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