Albers and Heirs
November 8, 2013 - February 3, 2014
Albers & Heirs: Josef Albers, Neil Welliver, and Jane Davis Doggett
The Elliott Museum’s 3rd exhibit in commemoration of its grand re-opening celebrates
Josef Albers’ extensive contribution as an artist and educator.
A number of Albers’
paintings will be on display, as well as the work of two of his students; Neil Welliver and
Jane Davis Doggett. Welliver and Doggett mastered Albers’ discipline of the interaction
of color, and made it, in decidedly different ways, central to their work.
Josef Albers, (1888-1976), one of the twentieth-century’s most influential artists
and art educators, was fascinated with color and its innate ability to create
optical effects. Albers studied the interaction of color -- in combination, in
competition, how it could complement and confound. In his paintings and through
his time as head of Yale University’s Department of Design, he challenged people
to see and dissect the mechanics of color.
He became a master at teaching and
painting many of what are now considered the basic laws of color usage in
art and design: the use of negative space, the effect of the after image, depth
perception, form through color and the optics of color.
Neil Welliver, (1929 - 2005), a modern artist known for large scale landscape
paintings, used color boldly in his work. Both through the density of color
represented and in his use of paint on top of paint Welliver communicates depth
in his works. Often spending days by himself in the wild, Welliver used unspoiled
wilderness as his primary subject matter.
He often focused on capturing light and
landscape through color intensity and density. In his paintings, Welliver makes
color “behave,” an Albers term, to communicate season, time of day, and, most
importantly, a new way of communicating depth in a painting.
Jane Davis Doggett, an internationally acclaimed graphic
designer, is one of the pioneering women artists to have trained
at the Yale School of Art and Architecture during its modernist
Her colorful and comprehensive thematic graphic
identity and wayfinding systems now enliven many public complexes, including 40
international airport projects — more than any other
designer in the world. Doggett has received
acclaim for her designs on an international scale with her work
published in Italy, Japan, Germany, Switzerland and the United
In her later years she has returned to her artistic
roots, exploring how color, geometry, and literature combine
to explore and express profound cultural truths. Whereas
Albers comes to color to explore, and Welliver to conquer,
Doggett uses color as an open invitation.
In Albers & Heirs: Josef Albers, Neil Welliver, and Jane Davis
Doggett, the Elliott Museum will continue its commitment to
combine traditional museum experiences with interactive
learning. Throughout the exhibit, visitors will take part in
hands-on color experiments, enabling them to create their own
color palettes, to experience and explain color-blindness, and
ultimately, how colors combine to complement and confound --
inviting you to experience color as never before.
ALBERS & HEIRS FACTSHEET DOWNLOAD (PDF)
For more information please contact Lisa Djahed,
Marketing Coordinator, 772-225-1961.