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Josef Albers exhibit at CSUB's Madigan Gallery
September 29, 2005
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An exhibition of renowned abstract artist Josef Albers’ work is scheduled in the Todd Madigan Gallery at California State University, Bakersfield Oct. 6-Nov. 22.

The exhibition titled, “Josef Albers: The Interaction of Color,” is a series of plates with silk-screened images that help demonstrate the properties of color. Albers collaborated with his students at Yale University to create the set that was published in 1963.

“There are many scientific theories of color,” said Michael Johnson, director of the CSUB Todd Madigan Gallery. “Albers was more interested in working directly with color and seeing what happens. Theory is secondary to first hand experience,” he said. “It (the set of prints) is meant to train our eyes.” Johnson said Albers wanted his work to be a teaching tool for students. “It’s about expanding our capacity to see art,” he said.

The exhibit will present 80 prints positioned on protective film spread across nine tables in the gallery. Nothing will be placed on the walls. “It is an unconventional exhibit,” Johnson added. The display will be interactive and encourage patrons to use provided text to get the entire experience. Several of the prints have flaps or die-cut covers that are important toward fully seeing the behavior of the colors. “This is the reason we present these prints ‘naked,’ without frames, nor under protective glass,” Johnson said.

In addition, a reading area will contain various books on color theories about Albers and his wife Anni, also an artist.

Albers (1888-1976) taught first in his native Germany at the Bauhaus from 1925 to 1933. He then came to the United States that year to teach at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. He went on to teach at Yale University from 1950 to 1960. His artworks, including paintings, prints and works in glass, are in the collections of most major museums around the world. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York held a retrospective exhibition of Albers in 1971. It was the first such exhibition the museum had ever given to a living artist.

An opening reception is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in the gallery. Wine and appetizers will be served. The Todd Madigan Gallery is located adjacent to the Doré Theatre on the CSUB campus, and is open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. A special lecture by Nicolas Fox Weber, director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, will be held on Monday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. in the Albertson Room, adjacent to the Doré Theatre, at CSUB.

For more information on the events and parking, please contact the gallery at (661) 654-2238. Admissions to all events are free and open to the public.



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