In his accessible study of the “whole” Albers, Charles Darwent combats the fables while telling the fascinating story of an artist, friend and intellectual.
Among Albers’s unpublished papers are letters from friends John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra and Eva Hesse, as well as fans and collectors ranging from the composer Virgil Thomson to the cartoonist Saul Steinberg.
If his network of influence was surprisingly wide, so too, were his interests. He started life at the Bauhaus as a glass-maker and went on to create fonts, to run their famous wallpaper workshop and to make furniture whose designs are still in production 80 years later. He pioneered the study of colour at Black Mountain College in North Carolina and chaired the design department at Yale University. While books have been written about Albers for specialist audiences, this new volume fulfils the clear need for a more general study.
About the Author
Charles Darwent is an art critic and reviewer. He contributes regularly to The Guardian, The Art Newspaper and ArtReview, appearing in the Netflix series Raiders of the Lost Art from 2014 to 2016.
About the Publisher
Thames & Hudson, established by Walter Neurath, is the world’s great publisher of illustrated books on art, architecture, design, photography, fashion, lifestyle, music and history.