Horn Book magazine will be giving my biography, An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers, a star in its upcoming January/February 2010 issue which is a great honor. If you’re not a subscriber, here’s the review:
*Joseph Albers’s name may not be as familiar as Andy Warhol’s, but he is well known to art students everywhere as the father of color theory, and just as pivotal to the course of modern art. This simply told biography covers Albers’s formative years from his childhood in turn-of-the-century Germany to the 1975 publication of his book Interaction of Color. The text doesn’t go into much detail about the specifics of his ideas, but Brechenreid’s paintings illuminate the story both with examples of color interaction (“Blue looked different next to orange…than it did next to beige”) and with representational scenes from the artist’s life, always employing her subject’s preferred flat colors and geometric shapes. The extensive backmatter contains an author’s note that reveals Wing’s personal connection with her subject and includes a photo of Albers, a glossary that covers terms that do not appear elsewhere in the book but that are important to understanding Albers’s work, “More about Josef Albers,” a bibliography, and suggested activities.
I’ll be signing copies at Eureka Books this Saturday from 2-3 p.m. It would be fun to pair the book with colored construction paper cut in squares for a gift for your budding artist.