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LOOSE CANON Related Press LOOSE CANON 21 October 2019, ARTFORUM

IN JUNE, NEW YORK'S MUSEUM OF MODERN ART WENT DARK to put the finishing touches on its contentious five-year expansion, which promised to put $450 million and 47,000 square feet of Diller Scofidio + Renfro architecture toward fostering a 'deeper experience of art' across boundaries of media, geography, and identity. Today, MoMA emerges from its...

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The Colors of the Sixties Related Press The Colors of the Sixties 6 April 2019, Hyperallergic

The eighth floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art, as David Breslin, the Director of the Collection, sees it, is 'a place for surprises.' The elegant spaces of the museum's top floor, catching the light off the river through its skylights and glass walls, have felt enchanted ever since it opened in 2015 with the Early Modernist 'Forms...

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Albers opens eyes to Mexico Related Press Albers opens eyes to Mexico 28 February 2018, The New Criteron

It is possible that society has never been more poorly prepared than in the present cultural moment to appreciate an artist like Josef Albers (1888–1976). The German-American painter's deliberate, introspective, and contemplative art seems in many ways to be utterly incompatible with our overriding fascination with the big, the 'now,' the...

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Homage to Mexico: Josef Albers and His Reality-Based Abstraction Related Press Homage to Mexico: Josef Albers and His Reality-Based Abstraction 14 December 2017, The New York Times

Art rarely thrives in a vacuum. It is by definition polyglot and in flux, buffeted by the movement of art objects, goods and people across borders and among cultures, and also by individual passion. This much, especially the passion part, is demonstrated by "Josef Albers in Mexico," a quietly stunning exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum...

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Homage to Josef Albers: Writers Pay Tribute to a Pioneer of Minimalism Related Press Homage to Josef Albers: Writers Pay Tribute to a Pioneer of Minimalism 3 May 2017, Hyperallergic

In Josef Albers: Midnight and Noon, David Zwirner has put together a comprehensive book that looks both generally and specifically at Albers' seminal Homage to the Square series, by way of various writers, including Nicholas Fox Weber, Elaine de Kooning, and Colm Tóibín. The contributors discuss their relationships to both the series and the...

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Bright and Beautiful Related Press Bright and Beautiful 11 April 2017, Modern Magazine

In the 1930s, Josef and Anni Albers made the first of many trips to Mexico. There's a picture of Josef Albers taken by Anni at Mitla in Oaxaca about 1937. He's in profile, and behind him, filling the rest of the frame, are the frenetic, step-fret forms of the stone mosaics that drew archaeologists to the Zapotec site. The photo—these people...

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Turns out the American Dream is more of a nightmare Related Press Turns out the American Dream is more of a nightmare 23 March 2017, Apollo Magazine

The entrance hall to the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery at the British Museum is blood-red, and covered in Andy Warhol's psychedelic screenprints of Marilyn Monroe's face. It's a punchy start to the exhibition, The American Dream: Pop to the Present.

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'Sunny Side Up': Josef Albers’ yellow paintings look on the bright side Related Press 'Sunny Side Up': Josef Albers’ yellow paintings look on the bright side 19 January 2017, Wallpaper*

‘Josef had a weakness for yellows,’ says Nicholas Fox Weber, executive director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, speaking to an assembled crowd at London gallery David Zwirner. Standing amidst an uplifting selection of the German-born American artist’s renowned _Homage to the Square _paintings in varying shades of mustard, saffron and pale...

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Josef Albers’s Science and Soul of Seeing Related Press Josef Albers’s Science and Soul of Seeing 1 December 2016, The New York Times

'Purity of heart is to will one thing,' the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote. It's tempting to think of the painter Josef Albers, renowned for his late-career devotion to — not to say obsession with — the mechanics of color in art, as someone who was pure in that narrowing-down way. He wasn't, though. Where Kierkegaard called for...

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Harmony, Harder Than It Looks Related Press Harmony, Harder Than It Looks 26 July 2012, The New York Times

Abstract paintings of an emptied-out kind are like meditation devices. To look at them in a serious way requires sustained concentration. To create them, particularly if the process is arduous, is a form of psychic discipline, a species of yoga, a performance of faith. Yoga was probably far from Josef Albers's mind when he was working on the...

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