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Josef Albers: Midnight and Noon

Published by David Zwirner Books
Introduction by Nicholas Fox Weber. Text by Elaine de Kooning, Colm Tóibín.

"Homage to the Square" (1971) is reproduced from 'Josef Albers: Midnight and Noon."Exploring the origins of Josef Albers' groundbreaking Homage to the Square in the exquisite palettes of day and night
Using minimal means—paint straight from the tube, applied meticulously with a palette knife—and a focused selection of colors, Josef Albers’ sustained, serial investigation into rhythm, mood and spatial movement is explored in this lavishly produced volume that looks solely at his respective grey and yellow paintings, exploring two distinct color palettes pervasive to his oeuvre.
Highlighting the rich diversity of effects Albers drew from a narrow range of colors, this publication centers 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’ 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 in relation to light. The impossible simultaneity of “midnight” and “noon” moreover speaks to Albers’ transcending of what he called “factual facts” in favor of the play of perception and illusion possible in art.
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 Albers’ own writing on Homage to the Square. Additionally, Elaine de Kooning’s historic text and Colm Tóibín’s recent writing explore this body of work from different perspectives and time periods. 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 20th century.

"Homage to the Square" (1971) is reproduced from 'Josef Albers: Midnight and Noon."

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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/3/2017

Josef Albers: Midnight and Noon

Josef Albers: Midnight and Noon"The aseptic, almost militant simplicity of each of Albers's designs is the result of a long series of rejections — an arduous and complicated exercise of the element of choice," Elaine de Kooning wrote in ARTnews, 1950. "It is not surprising, therefore, that the artist tends to describe his technique in terms of what he renounces: 'no smock, no skylight, no studio, no palette, no easel, no brushes, no medium, no canvas.' (He works on a table in any room handy, and can keep a white linen suit immaculate throughout a painting session.) And, continuing to list his rejections in terms of style, he says 'no variation in texture or "matière," no personal handwriting, no stylization, no tricks, no "twinkling of the eyes." I want,' he concludes, 'to make my work as neutral as possible.' And so each single color and form in his work is clearly circumscribed, measurable and describable (the artist lists them in his spectacularly tiny handwriting on the back of each board). But the complex moral issues and attitudes toward society — the puritanical conviction — that a susceptible observer might find in the total effect of any one of his pictures, could not be so easily accounted for. This extra dimension is precisely intended; as Albers says: 'The concern of the artist is with the discrepancy between physical fact and psychological effect.'" Reproduced from Josef Albers: Midnight and Noon, new from David Zwirner Books, featured image is "Homage to the Square" (1959). continue to blog


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Josef Albers: Midnight and Noon

JOSEF ALBERS: MIDNIGHT AND NOON

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

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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

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Josef Albers: No Tricks, No Twinkling of the Eyes

JOSEF ALBERS: NO TRICKS, NO TWINKLING OF THE EYES

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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.

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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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