Josef Albers: Midnight and Noon
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Highlighting the rich diversity of effects Albers drew from a narrow range of colors, this publication is based around the groundbreaking Homage to the Square (A) (1950), the inaugural painting in the series that would occupy the artist until his death in 1976. The pairing of two palettes - black, white, and grey and an array of yellows - stems in part from Albers’s 1964 series of lithographs, Midnight and Noon, which brought together these two opposing color sets in a single portfolio. Together they address the limitless possibilities the artist found in color and form. Opening with an introduction by Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, that contextualizes these works and their color palettes, this volume also includes Elaine de Kooning’s historic text on Homage to the Square and Albers’s own writing on the subject. Published on the occasion of exhibitions at David Zwirner’s New York and London galleries in 2016 and 2017, this beautifully illustrated publication looks at one of the most influential abstract painters of the twentieth century.