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THE MANES CENTER

On View

MASTER CLASS - JOSEF ALBERS

October 20, 2017 - January 21, 2018


There is nothing like the relationship of teacher and student, a bond that becomes all the more enduring when the student rises to become a notable artist in his or her own right. In the first of a multi-part series devoted to the great artists whose students in turn became stars, timed to coincide with the opening of the first classes at the new Manes Center, this exhibition brings together the Museum's own portfolio of Josef Albers Formulation/Articulation series with notable works by some of his students from Black Mountain College and Yale University. The stunning roll call of Albers' students includes Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra (whose masterwork Plumb Line is a highlight of the sculpture collection), Eva Hesse, Audrey Flack, Robert Mangold, Sol LeWitt, John Chamberlain, Neil Welliver, William Bailey, Chuck Close, Nancy Graves, Brice Marden, Jennifer Bartlett, among so many others. Albers brought his own Bauhaus training in the classrooms of Kandinsky and Klee to the United States, where even his undergraduate classes in drawing became life lessons in thinking and perception. His theory of the interaction of color remains the foundation upon which art, design, architecture and psychology classes on color perception continue to rely.

This exhibition of the work of Josef Albers and his "uber class" of art stars is the first in an exciting series dedicated to the teacher-student relationship in art history. Future shows will focus on the legacies of Auguste Rodin, Hans Hoffmann, John Baldessari, Stan Brodsky and other master teachers.

The Manes Center is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.