Discovery and Invention: The Early Graphic Works of Josef Albers

Josef Albers,Cristea Roberts

The first major survey of early graphic works by Josef Albers (1888 – 1976), tracing the artist’s early printmaking career, beginning with his first explorations of the medium in 1916, whilst teaching in an elementary school, and ending in his final year at Black Mountain College, USA, in 1950.

Almost 50 works on paper will be on show, all of which come directly from the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, and they feature scenes of domestic animals, local industry, rare self-portraits as well as portraits of his friends. The exhibition will culminate in the first appearance of geometric forms inspired by pre-Columbian architecture. This comprehensive review explores the complex themes and subject matter that shaped the evolution of Albers’s work in the first half of the twentieth century, prior to his experimentation with his renowned homages to the square.


Duration 10 December 2021 - 22 January 2022
Times Tuesday - Friday: 11am - 5.30pm Saturday: 11am - 2pm Closed Monday 20 December 2021 – Monday 3 January 2022
Cost Free
Venue Cristea Roberts Gallery
Address 43 Pall Mall, London, SW1Y 5JG
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