Josef Albers (Fine Arts, Faculty)

Homage to the Square: With Rays (1959), Oil on Masonite. H. 48-1/8, W. 48-1/8 inches (122.2 x 122.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1959 (59.160)

In this painting from Albers’s canonic series of geometric abstractions, a grey center square appears to float among luminous outer yellow squares. To demonstrate that the perception of color is a subjective experience, Albers, author of the art treatise Interaction of Color, created more than a thousand of such works, which together operate as as a collective exploration of color awareness and sensitivity.