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25 x 24 15/16 in. (63.5 x 63.4 cm)

Josef Albers
American (Bottrop, Ruhr, Germany, 1888 - 1976, New Haven, CT)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Serigraph
Credit Line: Gift of Robert E. and Anne-Marie Logan
Accession Number: 2006.59
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Location: Not currently on view

Josef Albers once stated, “If one says ‘Red’ and there are 50 people listening, it can be expected that there will be 50 reds in their minds. And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different.” In these two prints [2006.59 and 2006.60], Albers has layered four reds of different intensities and values one upon another in increasingly smaller squares. While the four reds are the same, the sequence is different in the two prints. For example, the pale pink on the outer edge in one is the same color as the inner square in the other. Do they appear to be the same color to you?

You might find that the boundaries between the distinct colors disappear and emerge depending on your distance from the print. Albers identified these related phenomena as “enhanced contours” and “vanishing boundaries.” Give it a try by moving closer to and farther from the prints!

[Label copy from Seeing in Color and Black and White, 2018]

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