Homage to the Square, Renewed Hope



Albers, Josef b. 1888 Bottrop, Germany d. 1978 New Haven, Connecticut, USA


Screenprint in colours


wove 20.7 x 20.7 cm image



Realisation / Publication:

Albers by Jurgen Wissmann (Portfolio) Aurel Bongers Verlag, Trautwein Kg, (BOTH) Recklinghausen, West Germany, 1977

Reference / Literature:

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The Homage to the Square series, with its many incarnations, became one of the defining points of theoretical discussion in the art historical cannon that was modernism in the 20th dominated Albers’ career from the late 1950’s until his death. Within the harmonious hues of the square within a square, Albers was able to investigate the power of colour as a language unique to an abstraction devoid of representation. Albers’ extended the principles of abstraction and by extension, the relationship this had to the making of art and the necessary function of colour to enhance space and proportion during the creative process. In this present work, similar in scale to the many screen prints that were published in the 1970s in both Germany and the United States, Albers suggests the universality of the square and the language it conveys in the everyday, with changing arrangements of colour, line and tone have become a manifestation of Albers’ oervre, building on his artistic vocabulary that Albers founded and left behind.