This weekend I decided to make a trip to see the Josef Albers in Mexico exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum. I've never seen his work in person so this was an exciting opportunity. The show consists of photographs and paintings inspired by Albers's travels in Mexico. Over the course of 30 years, Albers and his wife Anni Albers traveled to Mexico thirteen times. They found themselves infatuated with the structures and objects from various archaeological sites.
What I loved about this show was seeing his paintings in context with the photographs he took. At first glance, these paintings are just blocks of color, however, these shapes are studies of the Pre-Columbian art and architecture he photographed. His work shows the connections he was making between his own art practice and the world around him. The exhibit shows these links by placing certain prints and paintings next to photographs. Looking at these paintings brings me straight back to art school when we would do his color exercises; color-aid paper, an Exacto knife, and glue. Our school library had one of the complete box sets of the original Interaction of Color (1963) which the librarian would bring out from the rare book section.
Below are some of the photos I took of the show, along with more information about this amazing artist couple. *Above photo was taken by Henri Cartier Bresson of Josef Albers, at home in Connecticut. 1968.