Experiments in Color
Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color has been a best-seller since shortly after it was first published by Yale University Press in 1963. The publication, a volume about Albers’ color course featuring recreations of color studies made by his students, was a challenging and experimental undertaking that required the unprecedented approach of putting process ahead of theory, a method Albers employed in the classroom. Further, it required a high level of precision in regards to color and printing. To realize the project, Albers worked closely with two former students; Sewell Sillman who mixed eight-hundred plus color inks for the plates of Interaction of Color, and Norman Ives who arrived at the format of the book divided into three parts: text, eighty folders containing color studies, and Albers commentary on them.
The present lot comes from the Estate of Sewell Sillman and is a galley proof for Interaction of Color. The proof is comprised of a typed copy of Albers’ text, 75 color study folios that include a mix of screenprints and sketches with hand-written notes by Albers and Sillman as well as several of the original collages and works completed by Albers’ students. This comprehensive collection provides valuable insight into what it took for Albers create a work that remains an influential and groundbreaking book of color still today.