Josef Albers Formulation: Articulation

October 8 - November 5

Exhibit Lecture and Reception:
October 22, 5:30pm
Wilson Hall's Concert Hall

Josef Albers (1888-1976) was a painter, poet, sculptor, art theorist, and an educator. Through his teachings he introduced a generation of American artists to the European modernist concepts of the Bauhaus. He was widely known for his experimentation with color interaction and geometric shapes. Albers' writing, work, and teaching profoundly influenced a generation of artists and visual arts instruction the world over. Formulation : Articulation is a collection of 127 silkscreen plates created over a period of two years of concentrated work while Albers was near the end of his life. The images, published in 1976, represent a gathering of over 4 decades of the artist's investigation into color, perception, and abstraction. From his iconic Homage to the Square series, to lesser-known images, the prints display the optical possibilities of color and design. Formulation : Articulation can be seen as a summation of the artist's pedagogy.

Professor Elliott King, of the Department of Art and Art History will deliver a public lecture about Albers' work before the exhibit reception. In addition to his university teaching, Dr. King is a leading expert in Salvador Dalí's art and writing. He regularly lectures and publishes on aspects of Dalí and Surrealism and serves as a consultant for academic projects, television documentaries, and museum exhibitions.

Above: Formulation: Articulation (Portfolio 2, Folder 3), 1972, Silkscreen print
(Photo courtesy of Special Collections & Archives, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University)