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Josef Albers

Homage to the Square: New Planting

1956

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in Germany, he then developed experimental pedagogy at Black Mountain College in Carolina

                      from the North, before taking the direction of

                      Yale University Design Department

                      in Connecticut. From 1920 to 1958: thirty-

                      eight years of teaching over the years

                      which he trained some of the artists

                      the most influential of the European avant-garde

                      Europeans and Americans . But if the pedago-

                      gie was his first calling - he was

                      teacher at the age of 20 - he made it a component  major part of his own artistic process. Because his exchanges with the students, at the antipodes of a masterly discourse of knowing to non-knowing, allowed him according to him "to learn as much from his students as his students learned from him."

The son of a house painter and theater designer, the naturalized German American Josef Albers became one of the pioneers of Op Art - or

optical art - and a  recognized theorist of this

which he called "the interaction of colors".

His work as an artist, based essentially

tially on juxtapositions of forms

colored, consists of series of which the largest

famous is called "Ho mage to the Square":

more than a thousand paintings, drawings and

engravings always presenting the same mo-

tif - squares nested inside each other - with different color shades.

Parallel to his activity as a painter, Albers devoted his life to teaching. Professor at the Bauhaus

Josef Albers at Black Mountain College

What we can take away:

Explain what we know to  less experienced interlocutors can pass for a one-way transfer of knowledge, from which only the other, as a learner, would benefit. But more than a gift, pedagogy is a sharing. Because transmitting implies remaining attentive to the other, to their questions and their astonishments, to shed new light on what we believe we master, and to enrich our own  vision.

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