David Zwirner's "Josef and Anni and Ruth and Ray" Exhibit
"Open your eyes and see" said Josef Albers to his students at Black Mountain College in the 1930s and 1940s. Albers wanted his protegees to throw away their preconceived notions of art and approach afresh their visual aspirations. In an inaugural show at the David Zwirner Gallery in NYC, a pairing of the work by mentors Josef and Anni Albers with their students, Ruth Asawa and Ray Johnson lovingly allows us to "see" what these extraordinary artists contributed. Of special note are Asawa's hanging wire mesh sculptures and Josef Albers' iconic "leaf studies," wherein actual foliage gathered from the trees on the campus of Black Mountain College were affixed to colored paper. If these latter images look familiar, it might be because they grace the cover of Helen Molesworth's 2015 book on Black Mountain College, entitled Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957.
The show remains open through October 28th, 2017.