Eugen Gomringer [Editor]: JOSEF ALBERS. SON OEUVRE ET SA CONTRIBUTION À LA FIGURATION AU COURS DU XXE SIÈCLE [Josef Albers. His Work as Contribution to Visual Articulation in the Twentieth Century]. Paris: Dessain et Tolra, 1972. French edition. Oblong quarto. Gray cloth stamped in white with "hommage to the square" on front panel. Photographically printed dust jacket. 206 pp. 16 serigraphs [silkscreens], 96 illustrations in color and black and white. A very good or better hardcover book in a very good or better dust jacket. Cloth on rear panel discolored in a couple of spots. Jacket lightly worn with chipped spine crown. A tough book to find in collectible condition. Book design and typography by Josef Muller-Brockmann.
SON OEUVRE ET SA CONTRIBUTION À LA FIGURATION AU COURS DU XXE SIÈCLE
Eugen Gomringer [Editor]
12.5 x 10.75 hardcover book with 206 pages and 16 serigraphs and 96 illustrations in color and black and white. Essays by Clara Diament de Sujo, Will Grohmann, Norbert Lynton, and Michel Seuphor. Translated by Sylvie Girard. A chronological overview of the artists career from 1916 - 1968, compiled with his co-operation. Text includes Poems and Statements by Albers, Biographical Notes, Publications by Albers, Bibliography, List of Exhibitions, Works in Public Collections and Lists of Illustrations and Reproductions.
From the book: "The work of Josef Albers, one of the former "Bauhaus masters," especially his work as a painter, has steadily grown in fundamental significance for the development of visual design in the 20th century. The numerous publications that concern Josef Albers have, however, for the most part dealt with specific aspects of his work; now the time seems ripe for a presentation of all his work, from the earliest pieces done in 1916 down to his creative activities at the present time.
"Eugen Gomringer presents Josef Albers' work as a painter in a series of groups within a sequence that is basically chronological. What emerges is a creative activity that is infinitely more varied and comprehensive than has often seemed the case when judged only on the basis of his best-known work. Perspectives open up that reveal periods of creation that occurred between the major, predominant groups of his work, and show them in their significance and continuity. With this viewpoint in mind, the illustrations have been chosen with the greatest care and in consultation with the artist.
"The text that introduces each group of works establishes the links between them, their creative intentions as well as the conditions which gave rise to lthem and the situation and thinking of the artist at the time. since he has always tended to accompany his work with explanations, many of these are included in the text. Words and illustrations have been intentionally separated in order that the illustrations can be viewed as a continuum, despite their division into groups of works."
Josef Albers (18881976) was one of the Bauhaus masters (along with Walter Gropius, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer) whose arrival in America profoundly influenced American modern art through his teachings at Black Mountain College in North Carolina and later at Yale, as chairman of the Department of Design.
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