JOSEF ALBERS (1888-1976)
Property from an Esteemed East Coast Collection
JOSEF ALBERS (1888-1976)

Orange Façade

JOSEF ALBERS (1888-1976)
Orange Façade
incised with the artist's monogram and date 'A59' (lower right); signed, titled, and dated again '"Orange Façade" Albers 1959' (on the reverse)
oil on Masonite
28 x 40 3⁄8 in. (71.1 x 102.6 cm.)
Painted in 1959.
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, 1959
Private collection, Connecticut, 1960
Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 23 May 1978, lot 19
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, Albers: Homage to the Square, November-December 1959.
Purchase, Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York, Harrison Celebrates Art, June-September 1996.

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Lot Essay

“It is easy to be delighted by the unique harmonies Albers exacts from the spectrum, and easy to be drawn into the subtle optical movement. But it is not so easy to verbalize the emotional response. One could follow Albers’ directions and analyze each of the color elisions and distinctions in a scientific, experimental mode. But the increment of feeling these paintings undeniably emanate remains outside of such considerations. A tender pale, pale orange square suspended in neutrals, or a brilliant canary yellow played against a white are compelling because of their paradox: they speak of mystical fixity and yet they move, they breathe, they take on the lineaments of organic being. Albers paints squares, and in his obsessive fixations, paints more than squares,” (D. Ashton, quoted in Josef Albers: Minimal means, maximum effect, Madrid, 2014, p. 333).

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