Showing posts from June, 2019

Albers in Mexico at the Heard Museum

This has already closed, but it is still well worth mentioning:

The exhibit contained several abstract color paintings, which were paired with  photographs taken by Joseph Albers during visits to various archeological sites in Mexico. He had taken voluminous amounts of black and white photographs of the patterns and details of the ancient architecture. The show re-contextualizes Albers' work by explaining how inspiration for his famous color abstracts was from these visits, not just thought up in the isolation of the studio or purely from the canon of western art.

The show was very interesting, and it's always a treat to see his paintings up close. However, it would have been ideal to see a similar consideration of the works of his wife, Anni Albers. They went on these travels together, and were both artists who were influenced and inspired by the trips they went on.

For more information about Anni Albers:

100th Anniversary of the beginning of the Bauhaus

This is the 100th of anniversary of the beginning of the Bauhaus. It is likely you will see an increase in exhibits and news articles about former Bauhaus artists. For example, last week the New York Times Book Review section featured a new book called The Man Who Built the Bauhaus by Fiona MacCarthy, which is about the life of Walter Gropius. There have also been several exhibits and lectures on the Bauhaus in the Boston area, organized by the Goethe Institut Boston. The last of these exhibits to close this year is called The Bauhaus and Harvard, which I hope to see in my trip home this summer.

The art of the Bauhaus might not be everyone's taste. You don't have to like all of the modernist and minimalist sensibilities of the artists who emerged from their program. But it is a fascinating piece of history and of great cultural interest. Many well-known artists and influential art teachers in the United States were trained by either one of them, or one of their students once …