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Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration

"Homage to the Square: Glow," 1966.
Homage to the Square: Glow
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington DC, 20024

Encompassing Albers' career from 1917 to 1973, this exhibition begins with four early self-portrait prints and follows to a group of boldly abstract compositions from Albers' tenure at Germany's revolutionary Bauhaus, where he taught alongside Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe. Albers participated in the school's utopian aspiration to improve modern life through manufacturing and design—ideas that resonated throughout Albers' career. The Hirshhorn's show also includes a series of black-and-white designs intended for mass production in glass, such as "6 and 3" (1931), and an illuminated display of eight glass panels, in which the artist modernized and transformed the medieval tradition of stained-glass windows, best characterized by "Fugue (B)" (1925-28).

To see more images from the show, please visit the slideshow.

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