‘Form through Colour: Josef Albers, Anni Albers and Gary Hume’ at Somerset House


Image from Josef Albers Interaction of colour.

‘Form through Colour: Josef Albers, Anni Albers and Gary Hume’ at Somerset House, London celebrates the seminal book by Josef Albers Interaction of Colour, which is still as relevant today as when it was first published 51 years ago. The book takes the reader through visual demonstrations of colour theory in an accessible and interesting way. The exhibition features a beautifully designed app based on and about Josef Alber’s book by Yale University Press as well as rarely seen prints, photographs and textiles by complimentary colourists Josef Albers, Anni Albers and Gary Hume. The main subject of the exhibition are the large scale rugs, and woven textile installations by Christopher Farr who has created original pieces in response to each of the artists and their theories.

The exhibition is complimented by the Making Colour exhibition at the National Gallery, which provides a very basic introduction into the development of pigments and colour through time and the impact on the art world. A highlight was seeing Turners paint box complete with pots of pigment and Van Gogh’s Two Crabs painting with the striking use of complimentary colours. The information doesn’t exceed the basics and the exhibition lacks any contemporary works, I would recommend it as in introduction to colour theory and the history of pigments.

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