Skyscrapers (B)


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

Glass laminate and paint, 14 1/4 x 14 1/4in. (36.2 x 36.2cm) frame: 17 1/4 x 17 1/2 x 1 in. (43.8 x 44.5 x 2.5 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1974

Accession Number: 74.6

The Artist, Dessau, Germany, 1925/29 - Orange, Connecticut, late 1970? [probably in exchange for the gouache Skyscrapers, d. 1928, 13 /8 x 13 1/8 inches, F68.269, which had been acquired by Joseph H. Hirshhorn from Albers in July 1968]
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, New York, June/July 1968-1974
Gift of the Joseph H. Hirshhorn Foundation, 1974

Exhibition History:
Compiled by V. Fletcher 1979-80, amended 2009:
BAUHAUS, Berlin. "Josef Albers Glasbilder," 1-12 May 1932.
NEW ART CIRCLE, NY. "Josef Albers," March 1936, no. 12, no.ill.
YALE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, New Haven. "Josef Albers," 25 April-18 June 1956, no. 8, p. 46 (as Skyscrapers II, 1925, lent by the artist).
MARLBOROUGH FINE ART, London. "Painters of the Bauhaus," March-April 1962, no. 6 (as Skyscrapers B / Wolkenkratzer B, 1929, opaque glass, 14 1/2 x 14 1/2 inches).
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Insitution, 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. 66, ill., p. 125.
SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM, New York. "Glass, Color, and Light in the Art of Josef Albers," 24 May-17 September 1995, no. 31, ill. n.p.
TATE MODERN, London. "Albers and Moholy-Nagy: from the Bauhaus to the New World," 9 March-4 June 2006, pl. 17, p. 20. TOUR: KUNSTHALLE BIELEFELD, Germany, 25 June-1 October; WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, New York, 2 November-21 January 2007.
MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York. "Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity," 8 November 2009-25 January 2010.
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 2013, no. 11, color ill. pg. 56.

Published References:
FINKELSTEIN, IRVING. The Life and Art of Josef Albers (New York University: Ph. D., 1967), p. 72.
DIEMER, EMMA LOU. Toccata for Piano (Washington DC: Sisra Publication, 1980), cover.
See file for further information.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection, Geometric Abstraction

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