卓納畫廊呈現藝術家約瑟夫·亞伯斯（Josef Albers，1888–1976）的作品展《原色》。由約瑟夫與安妮·阿爾伯斯基金會的首席策展人布蘭達·丹尼羅威茨（Brenda Danilowitz）策劃，聚焦於紅、黃、藍、黑等原色是如何為阿爾伯斯的創作帶來了無限的色彩可能性。藝術家在整個職業生涯中持續對色彩進行探索，並以標誌性的視覺形式呈現出令人驚嘆的構圖組合。
David Zwirner is pleased to present Primary Colors, an exhibition of work by Josef Albers (1888–1976). Curated by Brenda Danilowitz, chief curator of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, the show is a focused examination of how the primary colors red, yellow, and blue, along with black, encompassed an infinite range of chromatic possibilities for Albers, which he explored throughout his career in stunning combinations presented in his signature visual formats.
Why it matters:
Josef Albers is considered one of the most influential abstract painters of the twentieth century as well as an important designer and educator. Albers’s artistic career, which bridged European and American modernism, consisted mainly of a tightly focused investigation into the perceptual properties of color and spatial relationships. Working with simple geometric forms, Albers sought to produce the effects of chromatic interaction, in which the visual perception of a color is affected by those adjacent to it. Albers’s precise application of color also created plays of space and depth, as the planar colored shapes that make up the majority of his works appear to either recede into or protrude out of the picture plane.
．This exhibition features works by Albers from as early as the 1930s, a transitional period for the artist when he and Anni Albers immigrated to North Carolina, where they founded the art department at the famous Black Mountain College, and extending all the way to works he made shortly before his death in 1976.
．On view are several paintings from Albers’s Homage to the Square series, his most celebrated body of work. These paintings were based on a nested square format that allowed Albers to experiment with endless chromatic combinations and perceptual effects.
．2 Works from Albers’s Variant/Adobe series, inspired by the artist’s travels in Latin America.
．And works from an early, rare group of paintings that depicts the visual motif of the treble clef as well as several important paintings and studies for unique works comprised of polygons and other geometric forms will also be presented, illustrating the breadth of his formal and chromatic range.
Background – Josef Albers:
約瑟夫·亞伯斯（Josef Albers, 1888-1976）出生於德國博特羅普（Bottrop），曾在1919年短暫求學於慕尼黑的皇家巴伐利亞美術學院，並在1920年入學魏瑪包豪斯大學。1922年，亞伯斯留校任教，起先專注於彩色玻璃，自1923年起教授設計專業。在黑山學院任教期間，亞伯斯開始廣泛地在美國展出作品。亞伯斯夫婦一直在黑山學院生活到了1949年，並於1950年搬往康涅狄格州的紐黑文，在那裡，約瑟夫·亞伯斯受邀擔任耶魯大學藝術學院新近成立的設計系的主任。同樣是在1950年，他開始發展日後成為其最具影響力的《向方形致敬》系列，藝術家持續於這個系列的創作直至他離世的1976年。
Josef Albers (1888–1976) was born in Bottrop, Germany, and studied briefly at the Königliche Bayerische Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, in 1919 before becoming a student at the Weimar Bauhaus in 1920. In 1922, Albers joined the school’s faculty, first working in stained glass and, starting in 1923, teaching design. During his time at Black Mountain College, Albers began to show his work extensively within the United States. The Alberses remained at Black Mountain until 1949 and in 1950 moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where Josef Albers was invited to direct a newly formed department of design at Yale University School of Art. In 1950, too, he developed what would become his seminal Homage to the Square series, which he continued to elaborate until his death in 1976.
A red painting was never simply a red painting, and Albers would prove it by using three or four different reds in a single Homage to the Square painting and repeating this practice with a range of reds, over and over again. There is no “primary” red, or blue, or yellow.
Josef Albers: Primary Colors
2022.1.18 – 3.5
香港中環皇后大道中80號H Queen’s 5至6樓
5–6/F, H Queen’s, 80 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Courtesy to MiA Collective Art and the Artists