Albers, Josef

1964 ALS arranging a lunch with Czech-born graphic designer Ladislav Sutnar

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(1888-1976) German-born US artist and educator whose work, both in Europe and the US, formed the basis of some of the most influential and far-reaching art education programs of the 20th century. Trained as an art teacher in Berlin 1913-15, he was a printmaker in Essen 1916-19. In 1918 he received his 1st public commission, a stained-glass window for an Essen church. He studied at the Weimar Bauhaus in 1920, joining the faculty in 1922 as a maker of stained glass, approaching this medium as a component of architecture and as a stand-alone art form. Walter Gropius, director and founder of the Bauhaus, asked him in 1923 to teach the preliminary course of the department of design to introduce newcomers to principles of handicrafts. In 1925, he was promoted to professor, the year the Bauhaus moved to Dessau. His work there included designing furniture and working with glass. He taught at the Bauhaus among artists including Kandinsky and Klee. With the closure of the Bauhaus under Nazi pressure in 1933, Albers emigrated to the US. Architect Philip Johnson, then a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, got a job for him to head a new art school, Black Mountain College in No. Carolina, heading the painting program 1933-49; his students included Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombley. He invited important American artists such as Willem de Kooning, to teach in the summer. In 1950, Albers left Black Mountain to head the department of design at Yale, retiring from teaching in 1958. In 1962, as a Yale fellow, he received a grant for an exhibit and lecture on his work. In 1963, he published "Interaction of Colors" which presented his theory that colors were governed by an internal and deceptive logic. The very rare 1st edition, a limited printing of only 2,000 copies, contained 150 silk screen plates. Elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1973, Albers continued to paint and write in New Haven until his death. Best remembered as an abstract painter and theorist, most famous of all are the hundreds of paintings and prints in his series, "Homage to the Square", begun in 1949. In this rigorous series of nested squares usually painting on masonite, he used a palette knife with oil colors and often recorded the colors he used on the back of his works. Each painting consists of either 3 or 4 squares of solid planes of color nested within one another, in one of four different arrangements in square formats. In 1971 he was the 1st living artist to be given a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His works also appear on 2 German postage stamps and "Glow" is featured on the US 15c 1980 "Learning Never Ends" stamp. ALS on his 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 New Haven, Connecticut letterhead, September 16 1964, letterhead to Mr. (Ladislav) Sutnar, arranging, after many attempts, to meet Sutnar for lunch, after a promise given him at the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) in May. Albers suggests Sutnar leave word for him at a gallery on East 57th Street in New York to avoid a delayed answer by mail. LADISLAV SUTNAR (1897-1976) Czech-born graphic designer, a pioneer of information design and information architecture. Although uncredited, his contributions to business organization included creating a user-friendly telephone directory by implementing parenthetical area codes. He received design commissions from McGraw-Hill, IBM, and the United Nations. He also worked as art director for Sweet's Catalog Service for almost 20 years. Sutnar held many one-man exhibitions, and his work is on permanent display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. He is best known for his books, including "Controlled Visual Flow: Shape, Line and Color, Package Design: The Force of Visual Selling", and "Visual Design in Action: Principles, Purposes". Sutnar was a master of exhibition design, typography, advertising, posters, magazine and book design.

Condition: Very good, mail folds
Type:Letter






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