Josef Albers

Untitled Abstraction V

c.1945

Artist
Josef Albers 1888–1976
Medium
Graphite and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 162 × 251 mm
frame: 320 × 443 × 25 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation in honour of Achim Borchardt-Hume 2006
Reference
T12205

Display caption

Albers was fascinated by the nature of visual perception. The interlocking shapes of Untitled Abstraction V play with ideas of perspective and make it difficult to distinguish between foreground and background. In Germany, Albers taught at the Bauhaus school of art and design from 1923, and after the National-Socialist regime forced it to close in 1933 he carried its utopian ideas with him to a new teaching post at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. The Neoconcrete Manifesto, displayed in the vitrine below, mentions Albers as an important influence on the Brazilian movement. 

Gallery label, January 2022

Does this text contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? We would like to hear from you.

You might like

In the shop