Currently on view in the Blanton’s print foyer, adjacent to the Wilkinson Center for Prints and Drawings, is a small selection of prints by Josef Albers and his student at Yale University, Richard Anuszkiewicz. These prints illustrate how both artists explored color theory during the 1960s and 1970s.
Albers experimented with the optical effects of simple color combinations and sought to illustrate the difference between the visual information received by the eye and what the mind perceives. He wanted to show that this relationship is not intrinsic to color itself but is dependent on the relationship of color to its surroundings. While Albers sought subtle and stable harmonies when juxtaposing colors, Anuszkiewicz looked for the effects of instability when placing both jarring and high-intensity colors next to each other.