Variant: 'With First Green'
oil on masonite
17 3/4 x 27 1/4 in / 45 x 69.2 cm
Our Reference B39771
Josef Albers: Biconjugates, Kinetics, and Variants
2 Nov — 6 Dec 2011
Waddington Custot Galleries, in collaboration with The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, are pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings by Josef Albers, dating from 1931 to 1958. The exhibition includes early monochrome paintings from his Biconjugates and Kinetics series, as well as Variants, dating from the late 40s to 50s. Within these differing compositions, Albers experimented with form, line and colour to explore visual perception.
Steps (1931–1956), the earliest work in the exhibition, made after one of Albers's glass pieces, has two stair-like constructions in black, white and grey; a larger one in the right foreground and a smaller version in the upper left, which "float" on a black background. Following the "steps", up and down, in this ambiguous space, the folded forms appear to flip forwards and backwards, sometimes creating the illusion of motion. In Vice Versa (C) (1943), a biconjugate, Albers introduced a landscape format; geometric, interlocking, angular shapes appear to mirror each other on a horizontal plane.
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