There is something mesmerizing and also grounding about Josef Albers’s Homage to the Square painting series. Starting in 1950, the artist spent 25 years musing on the theme. Underpinning his simple, abstract canvases were complex concepts relating to, among other things, color perception and ways of making and seeing art. (Here’ a good succinct description from the Guggenheim.) But without knowing all that, we’ve been turning to his interlocking squares for sphinx-like balance and mystery in these unruly times. Or so it seems. Here’s a look at some of the Albers-style geometry that’s been cropping up all over: homages to the Homage.
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