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Window Picture, 1921

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

Glass, metal, wire, paint, nails, mesh, imitation pearls, and ink, 13 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. (34.8 x 37.5 cm) without wood frame

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972

Accession Number: 72.6

Provenance:
The Artist, Weimar, Germany, 1921- Orange, Connecticut, 7 June 1968
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 7 June 1968-1972
Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1972

Exhibition History:
BAUHAUS, Weimar, Germany. 1921 or 1922. (Exhibition of student works).
[Possibly in Bauhaus group show in 1929: Albers exhibited a group of "Fenster-Bilder," but impossible to identify HMSG's.]
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. [circulating exhibition]. "The Bauhaus: How It Worked," 1939-1940, no cat. (lent by Herbert Bayer; returned to the artist). TOUR: ADDISON GALLERY OF AMERICAN ART, Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachussetts, 10 April-8 May 1939; UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, Minneapolis, 14 July-4 August; FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE FOR WOMEN, Tallahassee,1-22 October ; ART ASSOCIATION OF NEW ORLEANS, 1-22 November; LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, 1-22 December; HARVARD UNIVERSITY, Cambridge, 2-23 January 1940; UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, Seattle, 6-27 February; SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART, 8-29 March; MILLS COLLEGE, Oakland, 3 April-5 May; WILLLIAMS COLLEGE, Williamstown, Massachussetts, 18 May-8 June.
[Possibly in: Margaret Brown Gallery, Boston. "Religious Art Today," 9-31 December 1954, no. 21 (Albers, Two Compositions in Glass, Bauhaus, 1921, lent by the artist, Connecticut), no ills.]
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers," 27 September 1979-18 February 1980. no cat.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Josef Albers: A Retrospective," 25 March-29 May 1988, no. 42, cat. p. 104.
PEGGY GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION, Venice. "Glass, Color, and Light in the Art of Josef Albers," 30 March-10 July 1994, no. 3, cat. TOUR: SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York, 24 May-17 September 1995.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Josef Albers: Innovation and Inspiration," 13 February-11 April 2010, no cat.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913-Present," 18 April-8 September 2013, no cat.

Published References:
LERNER, ABRAM, et al. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, (New York: Abrams, 1974), p. 658, no. 393, colorplate.
UNSIGNED (Tate Modern exhibition catalogue). Albers and Moholy-Nagy: from the Bauhaus to the New World (London: Tate Publishing, 2006), pl. 2, p. 10.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Geometric Abstraction