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One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers

Published by The Museum of Modern Art
Edited with text by Sarah Hermanson Meister. Text by Elizabeth Otto, Lee Ann Daffner.

"El Lissitzky, Dessau, June 1930" is reproduced from <I>One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers</I>.

Josef Albers' photocollages presciently conjoin the mechanical and the handcrafted

Josef Albers is widely recognized as a crucial figure in 20th-century art, both as an independent practitioner and as a teacher at the Bauhaus, Black Mountain College and Yale University. Albers made paintings, drawings and prints and designed furniture and typography. Arguably the least familiar aspect of his extraordinary career was his inventive engagement with photography, only widely known after his death, including his production of approximately 70 photocollages that feature photographs he made at the Bauhaus between 1928 and 1932. These works anticipate concerns that he would pursue throughout his career--the effects of adjacency, the exploration of color through white, black and gray, and the delicate balance between handcraft and mechanical production.
Albers’ photographs were first shown at MoMA in a modest exhibition in 1988, when the Museum acquired two photocollages. In 2015 the Museum acquired ten additional photocollages, making its collection the most substantial anywhere outside the Albers Foundation. This publication reproduces each of the photocollages Albers made at the Bauhaus, presenting the scope of this achievement for the first time. An introductory essay by Sarah Hermanson Meister situates them within the contexts of modernist photography, the Bauhaus ethos and of Albers’ own practice.

German-born abstract painter Josef Albers laid the foundations for some of the most important art education programs of the 20th century. In 1936, during his time working at the Black Mountain College in North Carolina, he had his first solo exhibition in New York at J. B. Neumann’s New Art Circle. In 1949, Albers left the college and began his famous Homage to the Square series. He taught at various institutions throughout America, including Yale University, New Haven, where he lectured for eight years. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, organized Albers' traveling exhibition in 1965 and a retrospective of his work was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in 1971. The artist died in 1976.

Sarah Meister is Curator in the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

"El Lissitzky, Dessau, June 1930" is reproduced from One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Fine Books and Collections

One and One Is Four reveals an Albers at once familiar and unexpected—playful yet disciplined, personal yet enigmatic—through a body of work whose genius becomes fully apparent when considered as a whole.

The New York Times

Randy Kennedy

...focuses on [Albers’s] early experiments with the ways in which photography did and did not render reality, the interplay between its flat shapes and its instantaneous representation of the three-dimensional world before the lens.

The New York Times

Holland Cotter

Albers developed a hands-on, eyes-on art practice that opened the world up, a world he approached with a craftsman’s care and experienced with the scintillated focus of a mescaline high...we can see his expansive version of single-mindedness unfold.

The New Yorker

This small, vital display of medleys of photographs...reveals the man, and the joy, behind the pedagogy...these works are infectiously buoyant

The Brooklyn Rail

Sarah Hermanson Meister

Albers’s photocollages stand as a remarkable contribution to the medium in their own right.

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/23/2016

One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers

One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers"One and one is two—that's business.
One and one is four—that's art—or if you like it better—is life.
I think that makes clear: the many-fold seeing, the many-fold reading of the world makes us broader; wider; richer.
In education, a single standpoint cannot give a solid firm stand.
Thus, let us have different viewpoints, different standpoints.
Let us observe in different directions and from different angles…"
— Josef Albers, 1938

Featured image is "Marli Heimann, March [or] April 1931; all during an hour." continue to blog


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Josef Albers: Midnight and Noon

JOSEF ALBERS: MIDNIGHT AND NOON

Introduction by Nicholas Fox Weber. Text by Josef Albers, Elaine de Kooning, Colm Tóibín.

DAVID ZWIRNER BOOKS

ISBN: 9781941701621 | US $55.00

Pub Date: 3/28/2017
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Josef Albers in Mexico

JOSEF ALBERS IN MEXICO

By Lauren Hinkson. Text by Joaquin Barríendos.

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM PUBLICATIONS

ISBN: 9780892075362 | US $49.95

Pub Date: 10/24/2017
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One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers

ONE AND ONE IS FOUR: THE BAUHAUS PHOTOCOLLAGES OF JOSEF ALBERS

Edited with text by Sarah Hermanson Meister. Text by Elizabeth Otto, Lee Ann Daffner.

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART

ISBN: 9781633450172 | US $50.00

Pub Date: 10/25/2016
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Josef Albers: No Tricks, No Twinkling of the Eyes

JOSEF ALBERS: NO TRICKS, NO TWINKLING OF THE EYES

Edited by Tone Hansen, Milena Hoegsberg.

WALTHER KöNIG, KöLN

ISBN: 9783863356149 | US $60.00

Pub Date: 5/26/2015
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Josef Albers: Minimal Means, Maximum Effect

JOSEF ALBERS: MINIMAL MEANS, MAXIMUM EFFECT

Text by Nicholas Fox Weber, Jeannette Redensek.

LA FáBRICA/FUNDACIóN JUAN MARCH

ISBN: 9788415691747 | US $65.00

Pub Date: 10/31/2014
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Josef Albers: Art as Experience

JOSEF ALBERS: ART AS EXPERIENCE

Edited by Nicholas Fox Weber.

SILVANA EDITORIALE

ISBN: 9788836625970 | US $35.00

Pub Date: 10/31/2013
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Josef Albers: Spirituality and Rigor

JOSEF ALBERS: SPIRITUALITY AND RIGOR

Edited by Nicholas Fox Weber. Text by Fabio de Chirico, Fiona Kearney, Paolo Papone, Marco Pierini, Colm Tóibín, Juile Agoos.

SILVANA EDITORIALE

ISBN: 9788836625963 | US $65.00

Pub Date: 10/31/2013
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Josef Albers

JOSEF ALBERS

Text by Marco Pierini, Nicolas Fox Weber.

SILVANA EDITORIALE

ISBN: 9788836621415 | US $55.00

Pub Date: 3/31/2012
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Josef Albers in America: Paintings on Paper

JOSEF ALBERS IN AMERICA: PAINTINGS ON PAPER

Edited by Heinz Liesbrock, Michael Semff. Text by Isabelle Dervaux, Heinz Liesbrock, Michael Semff.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775725873 | US $60.00

Pub Date: 4/30/2011
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Josef Albers: Observation and Formulation

JOSEF ALBERS: OBSERVATION AND FORMULATION

Text by Martin Krampen.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775723527 | US $30.00

Pub Date: 9/30/2009
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Josef Albers: Homage to the Square

JOSEF ALBERS: HOMAGE TO THE SQUARE

Edited by Nicholas Fox Weber, Brenda Danilowitz. Text by Edgardo Ganado Kim, Juan Palomar Verea.

RM/FUNDACIóN DE ARQUITECTURA TAPATíA LUíS BARRAGáN/THE JOSEF AND ANNI ALBERS FOU

ISBN: 9788492480388 | US $50.00

Pub Date: 12/31/2009
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Josef Albers: Interaction of Color

JOSEF ALBERS: INTERACTION OF COLOR

YALE

ISBN: 9780300115956 | US $16.00

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