I get more fascinated by Josef Albers color theories as I read more about his colorful paintings and his color vocabulary in his book ” Interaction of Color “. This can be the only book to teach color to design students. Per Albers’ color theories, any color can be seen as dark or light, warm or cool, saturated or dull by simply surrounding it with the right environment. The interaction of colors is more dynamic than describing one color by emotional association. With this approach an artist/designer can create color relations by having a more sensitive eye for color. The perceptual message gains a more holistic meaning by tricking the eye using Albers’ color theory. For example a square of 50 percent gray will appear closer to white on a black surface while appearing closer to black on a white surface.
An exhibition which has recently opened at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC covers :
Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration
February 13, 2010 to April 11, 2010
The Hirshhorn possesses one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive collections of work by Josef Albers (American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888; d. New Haven, Connecticut, 1976). “Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration” presents nearly seventy works spanning the artist’s 50-year career, many of which are on view for the first time. Supplementing the installation are key objects on loan from the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. “