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    Josef Albers: To Open Eyes: The Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, and Yale (Hardback) By (author) Frank A. Horowitz, By (author) Frederick A. Horowitz, By (author) Brenda Danilowitz, By (artist) Nicholas Fox Weber The Albers Foundation


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    DescriptionThis volume provides a fascinating study of the revolutionary painter and teacher, Josef Albers (1888-1976). Albers began his teaching career in 1923, when Walter Gropius invited him to join the faculty of the Bauhaus in Germany, where he quickly replaced the school's standard course curriculum with his own innovative methods. After moving to the United States, he taught at Black Mountain College in North Carolina and then at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut until he retired in 1954. Overall, Albers's passionate commitment to teaching was matched only by his devotion to his own artistic development. While he is widely perceived as a strong-minded theoretician, he was, in fact, as this volume reveals, against rigid dogma and he encouraged his students to develop lively and original solutions to his many and varied design exercises. On their first day in his classroom, Albers's students were informed that his goal was to educate their eyes and that he was going to teach them how to think and to see, an agenda belied by the somewhat prosaic course names "Basic Drawing" and "Basic Design." Overall, as a thinker, writer (Albers's important volume The Interaction of Color was published in 1963 by Yale) and educator he has directly and indirectly influenced generations of established artists, including Robert Mangold, Robert Rauschenberg, and Donald Judd, among many others. This book provides not only a compelling study of a key figure of 20th century art, but also ponders what constitutes art and how it is made.

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    Josef Albers: To Open Eyes
    The Bauhaus, Black Mountain College, and Yale
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Frank A. Horowitz, By (author) Frederick A. Horowitz, By (author) Brenda Danilowitz, By (artist) Nicholas Fox Weber The Albers Foundation
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 250 mm
    Height: 290 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 2,055 g
    ISBN 13: 9780714845999
    ISBN 10: 071484599X

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    Abridged Dewey: 709
    LC classification: N
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: CRA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T11.6
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DFG
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJ
    BISAC V2.8: ART016000
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    BIC subject category V2: WF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: ACX
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    BISAC V2.8: ART015000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 24
    BISAC V2.8: ART009000
    DC22: 745
    Thema V1.0: AGA, WF
    Illustrations note
    150 col & 200 b&w illus.
    Phaidon Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Phaidon Press Ltd
    Publication date
    07 November 2006
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    Author Information
    Brenda Danilowitz is the chief curator of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and has written extensively on Josef Albers for a variety of publications. Frederick A. Horowitz, a former student of Josef Albers at Yale in the 1950s, taught art at Washtenaw Community College and the University of Michigan School of Art & Design, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is the author of an art appreciation text, More Than You See/A Guide to Art.
    Table of contents
    Foreword by Nicholas Fox Weber "A Short History of Josef Albers" by Brenda Danilowitz "Albers as Teacher" by Frederick A. Horowitz I. Introduction II. Albers the Teacher III. Design IV. Basic Drawing V. The Color Course VI. The Painting Courses VII. Albers's Teaching Legacy Notes Chronology of Albers's Teaching Career