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Interaction of Color: 50th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Illustrated, June 28, 2013
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"The best introduction to Albers's work―Albers's own Interaction of Color, which I highly recommend."―New York Magazine
"Will a paperback version preserve the original value of Albers' text? . . . The answer is an enthusiastic yes, for here is a book which belongs in the studio and classroom that for years has been available only in the best university."―Arts Review
"The most comprehensive and intelligent . . . book we have yet on this subject. It is an indispensable volume for the artist, architect, or teacher who finds a greater challenge in discovery than in a 'safe' color system."—Architectural Forum
"One of the most influential artist-teachers of the century, Albers is best known for his squares—a geometric form to which he has been 'paying homage' throughout the years. . . . Interaction of Color is a record of an experimental way of studying and teaching color. . . . What he says will be useful in any kind of painting."—American Artist
"This handbook for artists, teachers, and students, by one of modernism's great artists and thinkers, has been expanded to include nearly 60 color studies."—DWELL
"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
Selected as a 2007 AAUP University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
"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
"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
"The text of Interaction of Color provides the careful reader with the content of Josef Albers' famous color course. His teaching is based on learning by direct perception, not by theories or color systems. There are many books on color on the market, but no one combines eyesight with such profound insight as Josef Albers does in Interaction of Color."―Hannes Beckmann
"[An] influential classic [that] has inspired artist and designers everywhere."—CoolHunting
"One of the most important books on color ever written."—Michael Hession, Gizmodo
About the Author
- Publisher : Yale University Press; -50th Anniversary ed. edition (June 28, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0300179359
- ISBN-13 : 978-0300179354
- Item Weight : 1.09 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are more expensive and larger-format versions of this book available. Maybe those are executed well enough to do justice to the content?
All along the way, Albers sought to extend and deepen his understanding of how people perceive color, both to use it in his own work and to teach art students about how color juxtapositions interact with human vision.
With this book, he lays it all out with a set of exercises using high-quality reproductions of relatively simple color paper compositions to illustrate the effects of color interaction. The color plates are of sufficiently high quality to work quite well for anyone with normal vision. Even people with colorblindness can probably benefit from most of the illustrations and surely from Albers' lucid descriptions of the effects. What you learn will likely be useful in your work no matter whether you are a painter, printmaker, worker in stained glass, or an interior decorator.
Note that this book is NOT about teaching artistic composition or technique. It is laser-focused on its subject matter -- the optical effects of color interaction. You will find no better book for this, although I would also highly recommend "The Elements of Color" by Johannes Itten (who was one of Albers' teachers and colleagues in the Bauhaus) as a fine complement to Albers' book. Get them both!
There are more expensive editions of this book available, but this 50th anniversary softbound edition, which should be well within the budgets of most art students, is more than adequate for learning how colors interact.
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Where as most books on colour theory start with the theory and move to practical examples; Albers does the reverse by starting with the shocking illusions and only touching upon possible psychological/ physiological explanations. The emphasis on practical example and experimentation is apparently enhanced by the iPad version of this book which allows the reader/ user to conduct the experiments them-self. [I only own the paperback so cannot vouch for the iPad version].
A fascinating read for artists of all stripes including photographers, like me. By creating images photographically (electronically) one is exploiting the differences between how the camera and the human eye see the same image.