Lot 105
  • 105

Josef Albers

Estimate
350,000 - 450,000 USD
Sold
586,000 USD
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Description

  • Josef Albers
  • Homage to the Square: Autumn Climax
  • signed with the artist's monogram and dated 63; signed, titled and dated 1963 on the reverse
  • oil on Masonite

Provenance

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
The Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation, Dallas
Christie's, New York, 6 November 1985, Lot 32 (consigned by the above)
Private Collection, New York
Private Collection, Tokyo
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, The Interaction of Color: A Presentation of Paintings and the Color Theory of Josef Albers, April - May 1963, cat. no. 21
Austin, The University of Texas Art Museum, Recent American Paintings, April - May 1964, cat. no. 1, illustrated
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Opening of the East Wing, May - September 1975
New York, Gallery Schlesinger, Josef Albers Paintings, March - April 1988

Catalogue Note

"The Homages operate like doors—physically, optically, psychologically, and metaphorically. They are entrances, exits, and thresholds, beginnings and endings. Sometimes it is not clear on which side of the door we are. The door opens both out and in, onto the past, the present, and onto an endless, inescapable theoretical infinity. There is no first or last. And the possibilities are both limited and limitless, just as Albers conceived of his paintings...'It's important to know when a painting ends. All my paintings have a beginning and an end.'"
Kelly Feeney 
Josef Albers: Works on Paper, Virginia 1991, p. 86
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