Final Study for "Steps"

1931

Josef Albers, American, b. Bottrop, Germany, 1888–1976

Gouache and pencil on paper, sheet: 18 x 23 5/16 in. (45.7 x 59.2 cm) image: 16 x 21 1/4 in. (40.6 x 54 cm) frame: 27 5/8 x 22 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (70.2 x 57.5 x 3.8 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Accession Number: 66.36

Provenance:
The Artist, Germany and U.S.A., from 1931 (exchange with private collector)
Private Collection, U.S.A.
Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, to 28 January 1964
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, 28 January 1964-17 May 1966
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966

Exhibition History:
Compiled by V. Fletcher from MoMA library sources as of 1979, amended 2009:
DELPHIC STUDIOS, NY. "Four Painters: Albers, Creier, Drewes, Kelpe," 23 November-5 December 1936, ill.
TOUR: BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE, NC, 4-14 October; BENNINGTON COLLEGE, VT; HARTFORD ATHENAEUM, CT; PHILLIPS ACADEMY, Andover, MA; WELLS COLLEGE, NY; CHICAGO ARTS CLUB; SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM.
[ARTISTS' GALLERY, NY. "Josef Albers," 6-31 December 1938, no.9 (lent by Black Mountain College)].
[EGAN GALLERY, NY. "Josef Albers," 24 January-12 February 1949, no. 2].
[VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Richmond. "Josef Albers," ca. December 1949].
[ALEXANDRIA STUDIO GROTTO. "Josef Albers," from 15 May 1951, no. 5].
[new info: Stadtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf. "Josef Albers," Sept. 1970, cklist #2, no ill. (same title, date, and size, listed as oil ptg, Collection of the Artist)]
HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, Atlanta. "Bauhaus Color," 31 January -14 March 1976, pp. 29-30, 52-53, ill. TOUR: MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston, 8 April-30 May 1976; FINE ARTS GALLERY, San Diego, 1 August-21 September 1976.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. "Josef Albers: The Hirshhorn Museum Collection," 27 September 1978-23 March 1979, no cat.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Kandinsky: Russian and Bauhaus Years 1915-1933," 9 December 1983-12 February 1984. TOUR: HIGH MUSEUM OF ART, Atlanta, 15 March-29 April; KUNSTHAUS ZURICH, Switzerland, 30 May-15 July; BAUHAUS ARCHIV, Berlin, West Germany, 9 August-23 September 1984.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Josef Albers: A Retrospective," 25 March-29 May 1988, no. 95, ill. p. 150. TOUR: STAATLICHE KUNSTHALLE BADEN-BADEN, 12 June-24 July; BAUHAUS ARCHIV, West Berlin, 10 August-4 October; PORI ART MUSEUM, Finland, 19 October-3 December 1988. no. 95, cat. p. 158 (German edition).
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration," 13 February-11 April 2010, no cat.
FUNDACIÓN JUAN MARCH, Madrid. "Josef Albers: Minimal Means, Maximum Effect," 28 March-6 July 2014, no. 14, color ill. pg. 61.

Published References:
[CAMPBELL, JEWETT. "Abstract Art Exhibited" (Richmond, VA: newspaper, December 1949), ill.]
[SPIES, WERNER. Josef Albers (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1970), p.36]
FINKELSTEIN, IRVING. The Life and Art of Josef Albers (New York University: Ph. D., 1967), pp. 84-85, 88-89.
WHEELER, DANIEL. Art Since Mid-Century: 1945 to the Present (New York: Vendome Press, 1991), no. 424, ill., p. 230.

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