On his first trip to Mexico, in 1935, Albers encountered the magnificent architecture of ancient Mesoamerica. He later wrote to Kandinsky, "Mexico is truly the promised land of abstract art." He continued to visit Latin America with his wife, Anni nearly a dozen times from 1935 to 1967. They saw numerous archaeological sites and monuments, especially in Mexico and Peru. On each visit, Josef Albers took hundreds of black-and-white photographs of the pyramids, shrines, and sanctuaries.
Often grouping multiple images printed at various scales onto eight by ten inch sheets, his innovative approach to photography remains an underappreciated aspect of his career.
Albers' photos suggest a relationship between the monuments depicted and his abstract artwork. His experiences in Latin America offer an essential context for understanding his paintings and prints - particularly from his Homage to the Square and Variant/Adobe series, examples of which are featured in this show.Josef Albers in Mexico
, at Guggenheim, New York
3 November 2017–18 February 2018
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