Josef & Anni Albers Foundation

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Josef Albers
Study for Homage to the Square: Lone Light, 1962

Anni Albers
Wallhanging, 1925

Anni Albers
Red Meander I, 1969

Josef Albers
Structural Constellation F-32 Pericles, 1954

The Alberses

Anni and Josef Albers were pioneering 20th-century artists whose work, writing, and teaching demonstrably transformed the way that people see color and the process of art-making.

Anni Albers

Anni Albers is widely considered to be the foremost textile designer of the 20th century. She made major innovations in the field of functional materials and at the same time she expanded the possibilities of single weavings and individual artworks. She was also an adventurous graphic artist who took printmaking technique into previously uncharted territory.

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Josef Albers

Josef Albers, initially a teacher of elementary school, was one of the foremost art teachers of the 20th century. His approach to color and drawing now informs art education universally. He made groundbreaking art and designs in glass, woodworking, painting, and printmaking. The Homage to the Square paintings and prints that he began in 1950 and continued until his death in 1976 are among the masterworks of modern art.

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Exhibitions

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Anni Albers: In Thread and On Paper

Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, Texas
11 February–30 June 2024

"Anni Albers: In Thread and On Paper" highlights how Albers moved between mediums and transitioned between making art and designing functional and commercial objects. Drawn from the collection of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the exhibition focuses on groundbreaking work from the last forty years of her life.
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Counterpoint

Cristea Roberts Gallery, London, England
19 January–2 March 2024

“Counterpoint,” a term that refers to musical harmony, explores how successive generations of international artists have articulated abstraction through series. Featured artists include Anni and Josef Albers, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Donald Judd, Bridget Riley, and Cornelia Thomsen, among others.
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Before América. Original Sources in Modern Culture

Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Spain
6 October 2023–10 March 2024

“Before América. Original Sources in Modern Culture” seeks to visually reconstruct an ongoing historical process that has been taking place in the Americas from the early nineteenth century until today: the reclamation and reinterpretation of the forms and symbols of ancient American civilizations and their descendant Indigenous cultures.
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Who we are

From our main campus in Bethany, Connecticut to the sites where we operate in Senegal, we serve as an inspiration and resource for people from every domain of human existence.

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Our main headquarters is on a wooded site in rural Connecticut where we house art, archives, and a library and have two residential artist studios.

Learning

We adhere to the Alberses’ belief that artistic creation should be a matter of search rather than research, and we encourage experimentation at the same time that we advocate for an understanding of artistic technique and materials.

Workshops

Short educational videos based on teaching exercises by Josef and Anni Albers in color, weaving, and design.

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Our Mission

We preserve the philosophical and aesthetic principles of Anni and Josef Albers and do our best to assure their perpetuity.

Authentication

As we create catalogues raisonnés of work by both artists, we assure that only authentic artworks are included and that the surprisingly large number of forgeries are effectively weeded out.

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Archives

We maintain extensive archives concerning the art and lives of both the Alberses. In addition to numerous letters, exhibition reviews, and manuscripts, we have a growing collection of documents concerning their teaching and work.

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Bookstore

There are numerous books by and about both of the Alberses that are available through the Foundation.

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