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Josef Albers
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Birth Date:March 19, 1888
Astrology Sign:Pisces
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Died Date:March 25, 1976


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Josef Albers

Biography:Josef Albers (born March 19, 1888 in Bottrop, Westphalia (Germany) - died March 26, 1976 in New Haven, Connecticut), was a German artist and educator whose work, both in Europe and in the United States, formed the basis of some of the most influential and far-reaching art education programs of the 20th century.

Albers studied art in Berlin, Essen, and Munich before enrolling as a student at the prestigious Weimar Bauhaus in 1920. He began teaching in the preliminary course of the Department of Design in 1922, and was promoted to Professor in 1925, the year the Bauhaus moved to Dessau.

With the closure of the Bauhaus under Nazi pressure in 1933, Albers emigrated to the United States and joined the faculty of Black Mountain College, North Carolina, where he ran the painting program until 1949. At Black Mountain his students included Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Motherwell, Ray Johnson and Susan Weil. In 1950 Albers left Black Mountain to head the Department of Design at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut until he retired from teaching in 1958. At Yale, he assisted in designing the facade of Manuscript Society, one of Yale's secret senior groups. In 1963 he published "Interaction of Color" which presented his theory that colors were governed by an internal and deceptive logic. Also during this time, he created the abstract album covers of band leader Enoch Light's Command LP records. Albers continued to paint and write, staying in New Haven with his wife, textile artist Anni Albers, until his death.

Accomplished as a designer, photographer, typographer, printmaker and poet, Albers is best remembered for his work as an abstract painter and theorist. He favored a very disciplined approach to composition. Most famous of all are the dozens of paintings and prints that make up the series "Homage to the Square." In this rigorous series, begun in 1949, Albers explored chromatic interactions with flat colored squares arranged concentrically on the canvas.

Albers' theories on art and education were formative for the next generation of artists. His own paintings form the foundation of both hard-edge abstraction and Op art.

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Josef Albers's Personality Tarot Card Justice - Personality Card

Birthday: March 19, 1888

Balance, wisdom and a need for rational, logical solutions.

Josef Albers's Character Tarot Card The High Priestess - Character Card

Birthday: March 19, 1888

Wisdom, secrets to be revealed, and the development of intuition.

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Josef Albers's Growth Tarot Card Justice

Birthday: March 19, 2023

Balance, wisdom and a need for rational, logical solutions.




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