Widely regarded as one of the leading abstract artists of the 20th century, Josef Albers is the subject of a new exhibition at David Zwirner Gallery. The German-born creative dedicated his life to exploring the theory that color, rather than form, is the primary medium of pictorial language. Titled “Grey Steps, Grey Scales, Grey Ladders,” the show explores this thread through a lifetime of Albers’ monochromatic paintings and drawings—which began while he was living as an art teacher near the Rhine-Herne Canal in Bottrop to his eventual move to the United States, following the closure of Bauhaus under Nazi pressure in the early 1930s. Some very rare early illustrations as well as a number of Albers’ more recognizable pieces—like a series he started in 1950 and continued until his death in 1976 called Homage to the Square—are included in the show, offering a comprehensive insight the artist’s color theory.
“Grey Steps, Grey Scales, Grey Ladders” comes as David Zwirner’s first-ever presentation of Albers’s work and follows its recent deal to represent The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. Another exhibit centered around the artist will be on display at the gallery’s London location in January.
Visit David Zwirner Gallery in New York City at 519 West 19th Street to view the retrospective until December 17, 2016.