Interacting with Color: The Art and Teaching of Josef Albers

Fritz Horstman, Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus art school in Germany. The Bauhaus concept of combining art, architecture, and craft (Gesamtkunstwerk) greatly influenced the modernist movement. Of the many famous teachers at the Bauhaus – Gropius, Klee, Kandinsky, Itten – none has had a larger impact on art education in the US than Josef Albers. Tracing the life of Albers as he moved from the Bauhaus to Black Mountain College and finally to Yale, Albers Foundation educator Fritz Horstman will shed light on the artist’s influences, aspects of his pedagogy and his fascination with color. He will discuss what Albers meant when he said that his role as a teacher was “to open eyes.”

Fritz Horstman is the Artist Residency and Education Coordinator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, where he has worked since 2004. He has taught Albers workshops at the École des Beaux-Arts Paris, the Bauhaus Dessau, The Royal College of Art in London, the Exploratorium and many other institutions. He is also an artist who has shown his photographs, sculptures, drawings, and videos in recent exhibitions in Norway, France, Russia, Japan, California, and Brooklyn. He received his BA from Kenyon College and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.