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Structural Constellation F. M. E. # 3

© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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© The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Josef Albers

American, born Germany, 1888-1976

Structural Constellation F. M. E. # 3, 1962

engraving on laminated plastic mounted on plywood

overall: 19 3/8 x 25 7/8 inches (49.21 x 65.72 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

George Cary, Evelyn Rumsey Cary, James G. Forsyth Funds, 1974

1974:11

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Inscriptions

title, signature, date / back / Structural Constellation F.M.E. #3 Albers, 1962

Provenance

from the artist to Galerie Denise Rene, Inc., New York, ca. 1960's;
purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, December 1974

Class

Sculpture

Work Type

Sculpture (visual work)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Beginning in the 1930s, Josef Albers became one of the first artists to explore the psychological effects of color and space, a pursuit later adopted by Op art. He was especially interested in the ways in which the human eye processes the interaction among these compositional elements. Elegant geometric and spatial manipulations like Structural Constellation F. M. E. 3 toy with the viewer’s sense of space. Here, planes and angles appear to advance and recede into space simultaneously. Lines seem to cantilever outside of the picture plane or bend where they intersect. Throughout his lifetime, Albers created hundreds of works exploring variations of this motif, including drawings and embossed prints.

Label from Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s, June 30–December 30, 2018

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