In collaboration with The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, David Zwirner opened the exhibition Josef Albers: Paintings Titled Variants on the 28th of February, at their London location on Grafton Street. The show exhibits works begun in 1947 during Albers frequent travels to areas of Mexico and southern parts of the USA. Unlike his typical linear works previously made, the artist now experiments with blocks of colour, repeated in an almost serial manner, playing on the perception of the colour itself, applied on the canvas or paper straight from the tube. In different sections, the same few shades are repeated, and yet they give the impression of being used in different quantities. This is all a matter of personal perception, as Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, reveals to the audience at the opening night, mentioning that there is exactly the same amount of singular blocks of the chosen colours used in the paintings. Other personal anecdotes were disclosed by Weber, who knew the artist personally and worked with him during his last years, making the experience of the opening night even more unique.
Despite the initial apparent focus on the colours used, there also is a strong influence from the architecture, landscape and the uses and customs of the American Continent area that the Albers travelled through during that time.