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Home arrow ART arrow Quadratic obsession. Albers, Mexico, and Abstract Geometry
Quadratic obsession. Albers, Mexico, and Abstract Geometry
Written by Luisa Turchi   
martedě, 29 maggio 2018

albers_studyforhomage_consent.jpgExhibition Josef Albers in Mexico, curated by Lauren Hinkson, will visit Venice after a five-month display at the Guggenheim in New York. The exhibition centres on Josef Albers, a pivotal figure of twentieth-century art and of abstract art. His theories influenced greatly the Op Art (Optical Art) movement around the 1960s. An artist, poet, theoretician, and teacher of art and design, Albers taught at Bauhaus in Dessau and in Berlin before moving to America in 1933 and taking teaching positions at Black Mountain College and at Yale.

 

He worked with engraving, painting, mural painting, and architecture. In his theories, art is revelation. It is more than nature, a spirit; it has a life of its own and grows outside the minds of artists. Albers’ own creative process had been influenced by the trip he took to Mexico and to South America with his wife, Anni, also an artist.

 

The two visited archaeological sites between 1935 and 1967 and took photographs of temples, sanctuaries, and pyramids. They composed collages with these pictures where we can see the intrinsic visual and formal relation between his abstract art and pre-Columbian monuments. Designer Neil Donnelly, who worked closely with the curator, has edited the exhibition catalogue.

 

«Josef Albers in Mexico»
Until 3 September 2018

Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Dorsoduro 701 - Venice

www.guggenheim-venice.it