The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers

MoMA, New York


One and One is Four

Josef Albers (American, born Germany, 1888–1976) is a central figure in 20th-century art, both as a practitioner and as a teacher. The least familiar aspect of his extraordinary career is his inventive engagement with photography. The highlight of this work is undoubtedly the photocollages featuring photographs he made at the Bauhaus between 1928 and 1932. At once expansive and restrained, this remarkable body of work anticipates concerns that Albers would pursue throughout his career: seriality, perception, and the relationship between handcraft and mechanical production. Read more. 

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