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This work displays formalistic qualities of color, proportion, and shape. On the left, primary colors are used, both of pigment and light, and on the right, all colors of light, and no colors of pigment are used, as within the pigmentlessness of white, all colors of light may be found. The primary figure of the Formalistic movement in terms of painting is Joseph Albers. After the establishment of the Bauhaus movement in Germany in the early twentieth century, contemporary arts became more established there. This changed when, under Hitler, contemporary arts were suppressed, as they were seen as divergent from the status quo the Nazis wished to force the citizens of the nation to uphold. This was problematic for Albers and a number of his colleagues, as they were members of these contemporary movements rooted in the combined aesthetic and pragmatism of the Bauhaus movement. Albers traveled to America and taught at the Black Mountain College in North Carolina, which was a hub for many influential artists of the mid-twentieth century, and later taught at Yale as well ( Foster, Hal, et al. Art Since 1900. Thames and Hudson Inc., 2004.). Albers works are on view in many major art museums around the country.




5" x 7"


Acrylic on Canvas


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Exhibit Name

Student Art in the Library Fall 2018 Exhibit

Exhibit Date

September 2018