Josef Albers in Mexico

An exhibition of photographic works by Josef Albers at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

3 November 2017 – 18 February 2018

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York


Josef Albers in Mexico presents photographs and photo collages based on the artist's many visits to Mexico—a place that struck him, as he later wrote to Vasily Kandinsky, as "the promised land of abstract art."

Albers visited Mexico and Latin America nearly a dozen times with his wife Anni between 1935 and 1967. The works in this exhibition, many of which have never been exhibited publicly before, are drawn from hundreds of black-and-white photographs the artist took at pre-Columbian archeological sites and monuments. As the Guggenheim states, "Albers’s experiences in Latin America offer an essential context for understanding his paintings and prints, particularly from his Homage to the Square and Variant/Adobeseries, examples of which are featured in this show."

Josef Albers, On the Other Side, 1952. © 2017 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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