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Homage to the Square: Day and Night III, 1963

Josef Albers

American, 1888-1976
Sheet: 18-3/4 x 20-3/8 in. (47.6 x 51.8 cm); Image: 15-3/4 x 15-3/4 in. (40.0 x 40.0 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Anonymous Gift, 1966
© 2015 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Reproduction, including downloading of ARS works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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To create the precise chromatic studies of his 10-lithograph portfolio Day and Night, abstract painter and theorist Josef Albers outlined seven master images for his printer, Ken Tyler, to execute the suite. Albers had no physical hand in the work, and Tyler was tasked with the severe technical challenges of the work, which required precise color mixing, flawless registration—accomplished by using a rigid bar with pins—and the completely uninflected hand printing of a matte field of color, which was achieved by blotting each run after printing. The exactness of the image is even manifest in the paper’s edges, which were cut after printing. The relationship between artist and printer was at its most synergistic with this collaboration, and Albers and Tyler would go on to complete even more complex prints after the founding of Gemini in 1965.

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