The Magic and Logic of Color: How Josef Albers Revolutionized Visual Culture and the Art of Seeing
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The Magic and Logic of Color: How Josef Albers Revolutionized Visual Culture and the Art of Seeing

The Magic and Logic of Color: How Josef Albers Revolutionized Visual Culture and the Art of Seeing

“A thing is never seen as it really is.” “Hundreds of people can talk, for one who can think,” John Ruskin wrote , “but thousands of people can think, for one who can see.” “We see, but we do not see: we use our eyes, but our gaze is glancing, frivolously considering its object,” Alexandra Horowitz lamented in her sublime meditation on looking . Hardly anyone has accomplished more in revolutionizing the art of seeing than German-born American artist, poet, printmaker, and educator Josef Albers , as celebrated for his iconic abstract paintings as he was for his vibrant wit and spellbinding presence as a classroom performer. In 1963, he launched into the world what would become the most influential exploration of the art, science, psychology, practical application, and magic of color — an experiment, radical and brave at the time, seeking to cultivate a new way of studying and understanding color through experience and trial-and-error rather than through didactic, theoretical dogma. Half a century later, Interaction of Color ( public library ), with its illuminating visual exercises and mind-bending optical illusions, remains an indispensable blueprint to the art of seeing. Albers, who headed the legendary Black Mountain College […]

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