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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Anv edition (June 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300179359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300179354
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Joseph Albers, an artist and greatest educator in the United States, is one of those who first tore down the old hierarchical concept of color."—Yusuke Nakahara, Color Planning Center No. 59

“Interaction of Color with its illuminating visual exercises and mind-bending optical illusions, remains an indispensable blueprint to the art of seeing. . . . An essential piece of visual literacy.”—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
(Maria Popova Brain Pickings 2013-09-18)

“[An] influential classic [that] has inspired artist and designers everywhere.”--CoolHunting
(Cool Hunting 2013-09-17)

“One of the most beautiful books in the world . . . Interaction of Color is not solely for artists, though generations of them certainly owe Albers a debt. It is for anyone who wants to get under the hood and understand why and how we see the world the way we do. . . . A visionary work.”--Malcolm Jones, Newsweek
(Malcolm Jones Newsweek 2013-09-18)

"The best introduction to Albers's work—Albers's own Interaction of Color, which I highly recommend."—New York Magazine
(New York Magazine)

“One of the most important books on color ever written.”--Michael Hession,Gizmodo
(Michael Hession Gizmodo 2013-09-18)

‘The book that influenced me the most is Interaction of Colour by Josef Albers. It helped me to learn about colour.’—Orla Kiely, Elle Decoration
 
(Orla Kiely Elle Decoration 2014-11-01)

“For the historical insight and lucidity our color-drenched era could definitely use, the 50th-anniversary edition of Interaction of Color, by the Bauhaus-bred artist and teacher Josef Albers, is especially worth examining.”—Sebastian Smee, Atlantic
(Sebastian Smee Atlantic)

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.

More About the Author

Josef Albers, one of the most influential artist-educators of the 20th 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. The recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, 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.

Customer Reviews

I would think they should be printed on a larger size of paper.
sue cox
Love it, and the photos of art works make a nice application of examples to the principles.
M. Vincent
You have to concentrate when reading the book but it is fascinating information.
Mary D. Coyne

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Vincent on October 24, 2013
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This volume is a modern reprint of the classic Interaction of Color that now resides most often in rare book collections. The reproductions are reasonably accurate. I use it in teaching color theory at the university. Along with some of the Itten's work, these two are still the best for color theory instruction. It is not a hobbyist approach, so lightweight students may find it too scientific, but for those interested in the meat of color theory, this is a good starting place. It does not cover additive light structures or RGB media, but it was designed for painters, so it is what one would expect. Love it, and the photos of art works make a nice application of examples to the principles.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Kalma on May 22, 2014
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Albers was a pioneer in the systematic exploration of how our perception of colors is influenced by surrounding colors. The original edition of his classic work included numerous prints to illustrate the ways in which colors interact. The previous paperback edition included only a few of these prints; this edition includes more of these prints and so gives the reader more insight into a fascinating subject. The work is of interest not only to painters and printmakers but also to photographers and to anyone who is interested in how we perceive the world around us.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Stewart on July 3, 2013
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It is a very revealing way that we look at colors. It makes you wonder what you have seen in the past. He has found out a lot of things that the average looker at colors does not even realize what he is seeing. Some of the exercises require you to do them several times to grasp what he is trying to get across to you as a seer of colors. You see differently after doing what he has you do. The book is not just a read it quickly and you have what he has to say. It takes time to get trought the material, but well worth the effort.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ken on August 4, 2013
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I learned lots more about color and its interaction. I had forgotten the physics of color and the perception of color from my college days. This book brought most of it back and added to my insight into color interaction.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sue cox on June 27, 2014
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I would think they should be printed on a larger size of paper. Because all the books are printed on too small a scale for the reader to be comfortable.Opening the pages to read forces the book to break its back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary D. Coyne on June 2, 2014
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I bought this book after a lecture given at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts on color in quilts give by Gerald Roy. He then led us though the collection with comments on color combinations. The book gave me an appreciation of color use that I had not appreciated before and gave me many ideas for future quilt combinations. It also helped my appreciation of what many modern artists are doing in some of their paintings. In each of the sections of the quilt exhibit there is a modern painting which exhibits similar color effects as seen in the quilts. You have to concentrate when reading the book but it is fascinating information.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By antoniamrtin219 on April 7, 2014
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I was hoping for more pictures of the colors as they were described. But overall a well thought out book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Maria on August 27, 2013
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This book is very inspiring and shows great examples of color theory. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I felt it needed more of that. It has way too many text only pages. Other than that it is a book to add to my "go to" list when I need ideas on color for art or any project requiring color.
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