In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is—as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.” –Josef Albers
Thanks to the enthusiastic support of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Yale University Press has recently launched the A&AePortal edition of Alber's Interaction of Color.
During the 1960s, Josef Albers and his wife artist Anni developed 150 silk screen prints that demonstrated how colors behaved differently depending on what color they were next to. These beautiful color prints have taught generations of artists a new way to think about color and how colors create different dialogues depending on what colors they are in close proximity with. This groundbreaking work is currently held in the Dartmouth's Sherman Art Library Special Collection
In addition to Albers’s original commentary and instruction, the A&AePortal version features high-resolution reproductions of the color plates and video of experts discussing some of the color exercises from the book (see example, below).
The four X';s in the print below are one color that looks like different when place next to other colors.
The A&AePortal edition of the Interaction of Color is a new way to introduce student’s to this extraordinary publication and a useful supplement to the print edition in classes.