Vanja Malloy (ed.): Intersecting Colors: Josef Albers and His Contemporaries (2015)

28 February 2016, dusan

“Josef Albers (1888–1976) was an artist, teacher, and seminal thinker on the perception of color. A member of the Bauhaus who fled to the U.S. in 1933, his ideas about how the mind understands color influenced generations of students, inspired countless artists, and anticipated the findings of neuroscience in the latter half of the twentieth century.

With contributions from the disciplines of art history, the intellectual and cultural significance of Gestalt psychology, and neuroscience, Intersecting Colors offers a timely reappraisal of the immense impact of Albers’s thinking, writing, teaching, and art on generations of students. It shows the formative influence on his work of non-scientific approaches to color (notably the work of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) and the emergence of Gestalt psychology in the first decades of the twentieth century. The work also shows how much of Albers’s approach to color—dismissed in its day by a scientific approach to the study and taxonomy of color driven chiefly by industrial and commercial interests—ultimately anticipated what neuroscience now reveals about how we perceive this most fundamental element of our visual experience.”

With contributions from Brenda Danilowitz, Sarah Lowengard, Karen Koehler, Jeffrey Saletnik, and Susan R. Barry.

Publisher Amherst College Press, Amherst, MA, Sep 2015
Creative Commons 4.0 CC-BY-NC-ND License
ISBN 781943208012 (Ebook), 9781943208005 (Print)
vi+99 pages


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One Response to “Vanja Malloy (ed.): Intersecting Colors: Josef Albers and His Contemporaries (2015)”

  1. Glen Etzkorn on June 13, 2016 1:40 am

    Some corrections are in order. Albers color knowledge was actually effected by one of his students in particular, (student teacher)

    Hal’s thesis was titled “Optical Illusion and Vibrational Theory” 1952 Yale.

    about 3/4ths of the the graphic modules in the original ‘Color Interaction’ booklet 1952 was the direct work of Hal Rogoff.

    Poor habit of Albers was to refrain from acknowledging the contribution to the development of the Modern Color Theory.

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