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Interaction of Color: 50th Anniversary Edition

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Interaction of Color: 50th Anniversary Edition

Josef Albers’s Interaction of Color is a masterwork in art education. Conceived as a handbook and teaching aid for artists, instructors, and students, this influential book presents Albers’s singular explanation of complex color theory principles.
Originally published by Yale University Press in 1963 as a limited silkscreen edition with 150 color plates, Interaction of Color first appeared in paperback in 1971, featuring ten color studies chosen by Albers, and has remained in print ever since. With over a quarter of a million copies sold in its various editions since 1963, Interaction of Color  remains an essential resource on color, as pioneering today as when Albers first created it.
Fifty years after Interaction’s initial publication, this new edition presents a significantly expanded selection of close to sixty color studies alongside Albers’s original text, demonstrating such principles as color relativity, intensity, and temperature; vibrating and vanishing boundaries; and the illusion of transparency and reversed grounds. A celebration of the longevity and unique authority of Albers’s contribution, this landmark edition will find new audiences in studios and classrooms around the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300179354
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2013
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 64,164
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Josef Albers, one of the most influential artist-educators of the twentieth century, was a member of the Bauhaus group in Germany during the 1920s. In 1933 he came to the United States, where he taught at Black Mountain College for sixteen years. In 1950 he joined the faculty at Yale University as chairman of the department of design. Albers was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1968 and was professor emeritus of art at Yale until his death in 1976.Nicholas Fox Weber is executive director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

Table of Contents

Foreword Nicholas Fox Weber ix

Introduction 1

I Color recollection-visual memory 3

II Color reading and contexture 4

III Why color paper-instead of pigment and paint 6

IV A color has many faces-the relativity of color 8

V Lighter and / or darker-light intensity, lightness 12

Gradation studies-new presentations

Color intensity-brightness

VI 1 color appears as 2-looking like the reversed grounds 18

VII 2 different colors look alike-subtraction of color 20

VIII Why color deception?-after-image, simultaneous contrast 22

IX Color mixture in paper-illusion of transparence 24

X Factual mixtures-additive and subtractive 27

XI Transparence and space-illusion 29

Color boundaries and plastic action

XII Optical mixture-after-image revised 33

XIII The Bezold Effect 33

XIV Color intervals and transformation 34

XV The middle mixture again-intersecting colors 37

XVI Color juxtaposition-harmony-quantity 39

XVII Film color and volume color-2 natural effects 45

XVIII Free studies-a challenge to imagination 47

Stripes-restricted juxtaposition

Fall leaf studies-an American discovery

XIX The Masters-color instrumentation 52

XX The Weber-Fechner Law-the measure in mixture 54

XXI From color temperature to humidity in color 59

XXII Vibrating boundaries-enforced contours 61

XXIII Equal light intensity-vanishing boundaries 62

XXIV Color theories-color systems 65

XXV On teaching color-some color terms 68

Explanation of color terms

Variants versus variety

XXVI In lieu of a bibliography-my first collaborators 74

Plates and commentary 75

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