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Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio I, Folder 2
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, " Formulation : Articulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are uns...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio I Folder 4
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsi...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Formulation :Articulation : Portfolio I Folder 25 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, Formulation : Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stllman. The individual images are unsigned...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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"Formulation : Articulation," Portfolio I Folder 33
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
"Formulation : Articulation," Portfolio I Folder 33 Josef Albers is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He was born 1888 in Bottrop, Germany. In 1920 Albers joi...
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1970s Minimalist Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation Portfolio II Folder 31 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, Formulation : Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsigned....
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio II, Folder 26
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Josef Albers is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He was born 1888 in Bottrop, Germany. In 1920 Albers joined the Bauhaus movement in Weimar that focused on th...
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1970s Contemporary Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio II, Folder 25 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. From the edition of 1000, t...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Josef Albers from Formulation: Articulation Portfolio
By Josef Albers
Located in Stamford, CT
Josef Albers from Formulation: Articulation, 1972. Silkscreen prints, folio 1/ folder 1. Floated in 12 karat white gold gilt frame using all acid free archival materials. #176 of 100...
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Vintage 1970s American Minimalist Prints

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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 14
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 14 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 16
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 16 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 25
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 25 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 26
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 26 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 33
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 33 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 15
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 15 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 23
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 23 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 30
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 30 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 17
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 17 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 20
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 20 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 22
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 22 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 29
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 29 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 31
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 31 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 28
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 28 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 18
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 18 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 19
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 19 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 24
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 24 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 12
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 12 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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Josef Albers "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 14
By Josef Albers
Located in Chicago, IL
JOSEF ALBERS (1888 – 1976) "Formulation : Articulation" Portfolio II, Folder 14 Screen-printed geometric composition printed by Ives Stillman, Inc., New Haven, CT. From the set of 12...
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1972 Josef Albers Screenprint from Formulation Articulation Portfolio II
By Josef Albers
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Josef Albers (1888-1976) color screenprint on Mohawk Superfine Bristol wove paper from the artist's Formulation: Articulation, Folio II / Folder 33, published in 1972. Printed by Sir...
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Prints

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Josef Albers, from the Formulation Articulation Portfolio Priced Individually
By Josef Albers
Located in Stamford, CT
Josef Albers from Formulation: Articulation, 1972. Silkscreen prints, folio 1/folder 6. Floated in while gold leaf frames using all acid free archival materials. From an edition of 1...
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Formulation: Articulation (Double Portfolio)
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation (Double Portfolio) Title: Portfolio 2, Folder 11, Image 1 Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 1000 Image: 10 x 13 inches...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

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"Formulation : Articulation," Portfolio I Folder 9
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
"Formulation : Articulation," Portfolio I Folder 9 Josef Albers is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He was born 1888 in Bottrop, Germany. In 1920 Albers join...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation Portfolio I Folder 1 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsigned...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation Portfolio I Folder 1 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsigned...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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"Formulation : Articulation," Portfolio I Folder 3 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
"Formulation : Articulation," Portfolio I Folder 3 Josef Albers is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He was born 1888 in Bottrop, Germany. In 1920 Albers joi...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio I Folder 5 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsigned....
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio I Folder 9 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsigned...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio I Folder 8
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, Formulation : Articulation, published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsigne...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio I Folder 6 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Formulation : Articulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsig...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Articulation : Formulation, Portfolio I Folder 10
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsi...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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untitled from Formulation: Articulation (Double Portfolio)
By Josef Albers
Located in Long Island City, NY
Artist: Josef Albers Portfolio: Formulation: Articulation (Double Portfolio) Title: Portfolio 2, Folder 11, Image 2 Year: 1972 Medium: Silkscreen Edition: 1000 Paper Size: 15 x 20 i...
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1970s Abstract Geometric Abstract Prints

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Articulation : Formulation, Portfolio I Folder 31 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsi...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Articulation : Formulation, Portfolio I Folder 27 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsi...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Articulation : Formulation, Portfolio I Folder 24 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsi...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation Portfolio II Folder 9 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsigned...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Articulation : Formulation, Portfolio I Folder 17 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsi...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation Portfolio II Folder 9 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsigned...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Articulation : Formulation, Portfolio I Folder 11 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Formulation : Articulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsig...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Articulation : Formulation, Portfolio I Folder 24 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsi...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation Portfolio I Folder 25 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in Scarsdale, NY
A black, white, and grey silkscreen by Josef Albers from, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are ...
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Formulation : Articulation Portfolio II Folder 4 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsigned...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation Portfolio II Folder 8 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsigned...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio II, Folder 7 (B
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Formulation : Articulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsigned....
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio I, Folder 23 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Two-color screenprints on a single folded sheet Josef Albers from his classic work, Formulation : Articulation; published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The...
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1970s Contemporary Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio I Folder 22
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Formulation : Articulation" published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsigned...
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"Formulation : Articulation," Portfolio I Folder 16 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
"Formulation : Articulation," Portfolio I Folder 16 Josef Albers is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. He was born 1888 in Bottrop, Germany. In 1920 Albers joi...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio I, Folder 27 (B)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Formulation : Articulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsigned...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation, Portfolio I, Folder 14
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Formulation : Articulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsigned....
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1970s Contemporary Abstract Prints

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Lithograph

Articulation : Formulation, Portfolio I Folder 18 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Silkscreen by Josef Albers from his classic work, Formulation : Articulation published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sillman. The individual images are unsigned. ...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Formulation : Articulation Portfolio II Folder 5
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Stillman. The individual images are unsigne...
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1970s Abstract Abstract Prints

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Articulation : Formulation, Portfolio I Folder 23 (A)
By Josef Albers
Located in New York, NY
Two color screenprints on a single folded sheet by Josef Albers from his classic work, "Articulation : Formulation," published by Harry N. Abrams, 1972, and printed by Ives - Sti...
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Josef Albers Biography and Important Works

The German-born American painter, writer, and educator Josef Albers (1888-1976) was a pioneer of 20th century modernism, and an innovative practitioner of color theory. With his wife, the textile artist and printmaker Anni Albers (1899–1994), he shaped the development of a generation of American artists and designers through his teaching at the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina, and later at Yale University School of Art, where he was the chairman of the Department of Design from 1950-1958. He is widely known for his series of prints and paintings Homages to the Square, which he created between 1950 and 1975. His influential volume on color theory Interaction of Color was published in 1963.

Albers was born in Bottrop, Germany, and as a young man he studied art education, earning certification from the Königliche Kunstschule in Berlin in 1915. He entered the legendary Bauhaus school in Weimar in 1920. The Bauhaus had been established by Walter Gropius in 1919, in the immediate aftermath of World War I, with the hope that its innovative curriculum would foster connections between architecture, art, and traditional crafts. In 1923 Albers began teaching the Vorkurs, the introductory class in which new students learned to work with each of the key artists’ materials, along with color theory, composition, construction, and design. Albers was a polymath, and the multidisciplinary environment of the Bauhaus was fertile ground for his artistic ambitions. When the school moved from Weimar to Dessau in 1925, he became a full professor, and in addition to glass and metal, he designed typefaces and furniture. While at the Bauhaus, Albers drew inspiration from the work of his colleagues, the color theorist Johannes Itten, and the painter, photographer, and designer László Moholy-Nagy, with whom he co-taught the Vorkurs.

In 1933, the Bauhaus was shut down due to pressure from the Nazi Party, which perceived the school as being sympathetic to communist intellectuals. As Albers’ wife Anni was Jewish, the couple resolved to leave Germany, and settled in rural North Carolina. The architect Philip Johnson helped make arrangements for Albers to join the faculty of Black Mountain College as the head of the painting program, where he remained until 1949. While at Black Mountain, both Josef and Anni Albers became influential mentors to American artists including Ruth Asawa, Cy Twombly, and Robert Rauschenberg, while working alongside fellow professors Buckminster Fuller, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and William de Kooning.

In 1950, joined the faculty of the Yale University School of Art where he would head the newly established Department of Design until his retirement in 1958. In the 1950s, the Alberses began taking trips to Mexico, where the colors and forms of the local art and architecture inspired both artists. In 1971, Albers became the first living artist whose work was the subject of a solo retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Though they worked in different mediums, Josef and Anni Albers’ work shares a fascination with color and geometry. Josef Albers’ compositions from the Homages to the Square series, such as Formulation: Articulation Portfolio II Folder 28 (B), from 1972 give deceptively simple shapes a novel vibrance as colors play off of one another. The hues in Articulation Portfolio II Folder 28 (B) work in concert to give the flat surface the distinct appearance of a tunnel or other 3-dimensional space; while the form on the left appears to move towards the viewer, the form on the right seems to lead directly into the canvas. Similarly, Anni Albers’ designs for textiles use graphic design to lend a sense of dynamism to flat works. Her Study for Unexecuted Wall Hanging (Bauhaus), from 1984 is a Mondrian-like pattern for a weaving in which different colors alternately recede and advance into the foreground, giving the image a sense of complexity and uncanny depth.

Josef Albers also created works of public art, including a delicate, geometric gold leaf mural called Two Structural Constellations for the lobby of the Corning Glass building in New York City in 1959. He designed a work called Two Portals for the lobby of the Time & Life Building in 1961, in which which and brown bands move towards two square panels made of bronze. Walter Gropius invited Albers to create a piece for the Pan Am Building, which he was designing with the architectural firm of Emery Roth & Sons. Albers reworked an existing glass piece from his Bauhaus days called City, and, fittingly, renamed it Manhattan.