Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
Josef Albers - Messico 1935/1956
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Les photographies inédites réalisées par Josef Albers lors de son voyage au Mexique avec Anni dans les années 1930 et 1950.

Josef et Anni Albers ont effectué leur premier voyage au Mexique en 1935, attirés par un pays très différent des États-Unis, intéressés par les traces des anciennes civilisations précolombiennes, mayas et les aztèques, autant que par les témoignages de la vie quotidienne d'une population très pauvre mais pleine de vitalité. Vêtu de couleurs sombres et coiffé d'un grand chapeau noir, Josef Albers était un photographe non professionnel au regard d'architecte, comme en témoignent son grand sens de la composition et une recherche géométrique appliquée jusqu'aux découvertes archéologiques millénaires.
Ce corpus de photographies, qui n'avait jamais fait l'objet d'une publication dédiée, jette une lumière nouvelle sur l'un des plus grands innovateurs de l'art et de la culture du XXe siècle. L'ouvrage comprend également une introduction de Brenda Danilowitz, conservatrice et directrice de la Fondation Josef et Anni Albers, ainsi qu'un essai de Luca Galofaro, architecte et commissaire d'exposition (CAMPO, Rome).

Josef Albers (1888-1976) était un artiste allemand, membre du Bauhaus, qui a ensuite émigré aux États-Unis, avec son épouse Anni Albers, avec la montée du nazisme. Principalement connu comme peintre abstrait, il était un artiste éclectique, utilisant le verre et le métal, concevant des meubles et développant des procédés d'impression. Une rétrospective majeure au Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1971) a rendu hommage à un grand artiste « total » – il a également écrit des livres, des articles et des poèmes – qui a aussi été le professeur de Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Sheila Hicks et du graphiste britannique Alan Fletcher, entre autres.

Photographies de Josef Albers.
Textes de Anni et Josef Albers, Brenda Danilowitz, Luca Galofaro.
Conception graphique : Teresa Piardi, Maxwell Studio.
Paru en mars 2021
Édition bilingue (anglais / italien)
17 x 21 cm (broché, couv. à rabats) + livret
112 pages (ill. n&b)
ISBN : 978-88-99385-81-1


Unpublished photographs taken by Josef Albers during his travels to Mexico with Anni in the 1930s and 50s.

Josef and Anni Albers began their travels to Mexico in 1935, drawn to a country very unlike the United States. They were not in search of the exotic but rather of the traces of ancient pre-Colombian civilisations (the Mayans and the Aztecs) and testimonies of the everyday lives of a population that was very poor yet full of vitality. Dressed in dark colours and donning a large black hat, Albers was a non-professional photographer with the gaze of an architect, as may be noted from the great sense of composition and the search for geometries which he digs out even from the millenary archaeological findings.

These photographs have never previously been published in Italy, and contribute to depicting the figure of one of the greatest innovators of the art and culture of the twentieth century, who to this day still has a lot to teach us. The volume also features an introduction by Brenda Danilowitz, curator and head of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, as well as an essay by Luca Galofaro, architect (LSGMA) and curator (CAMPO, Rome).

Josef Albers (1888–1976) was a German artist, a member of the Bauhaus who then emigrated to the United States, with his wife Anni Albers, with the onset of Nazism. Best known as an abstract painter, he was in actual fact an eclectic artist, skilled in the handling of glass and metal, as well as in designing furniture and dealing with print processes. A major retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, 1971) paid homage to a great “total” artist—he also wrote books, articles and poems—who was also the teacher of Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Sheila Hicks and the British graphic artist Alan Fletcher, among others.

Photographs by Josef Albers.
Texts by Anni and Josef Albers, Brenda Danilowitz, Luca Galofaro.
Graphic Design: Teresa Piardi, Maxwell Studio.
Published in March 2021
Bilingual edition (English / Italian)
17 x 21 cm (softcover) + booklet
112 pages (b/w ill.)
ISBN : 978-88-99385-81-1

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