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Interaction of Color - Albers, Josef; Weber, Nicholas Fox - Yale University Press

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Interaction of Color

50th Anniversary Edition

  • Josef Albers; Foreword by Nicholas Fox Weber
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Selected as a 2007 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries.

Josef Albersís Interaction of Color is a masterwork in art education. Conceived as a handbook and teaching aid for artists, instructors, and students, this influential book presents Albersís singular explanation of complex color theory principles.

Originally published by Yale University Press in 1963 as a limited silkscreen edition with 150 color plates, Interaction of Color first appeared in paperback in 1971, featuring ten color studies chosen by Albers, and has remained in print ever since. With over a quarter of a million copies sold in its various editions since 1963, Interaction of Color† remains an essential resource on color, as pioneering today as when Albers first created it.

Fifty years after Interactionís initial publication, this new edition presents a significantly expanded selection of close to sixty color studies alongside Albersís original text, demonstrating such principles as color relativity, intensity, and temperature; vibrating and vanishing boundaries; and the illusion of transparency and reversed grounds. A celebration of the longevity and unique authority of Albersís contribution, this landmark edition will find new audiences in studios and classrooms around the world.

Josef Albers, one of the most influential artist-educators of the twentieth century, was a member of the Bauhaus group in Germany during the 1920s. In 1933 he came to the United States, where he taught at Black Mountain College for sixteen years. In 1950 he joined the faculty at Yale University as chairman of the department of design. Albers was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1968 and was professor emeritus of art at Yale until his death in 1976.†Nicholas Fox Weber is executive director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

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