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Bookplate, Interaction of Color, 1963

This is a bookplate. It was written by Josef Albers and published by Yale University Press.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smithsonian Libraries as part of Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

It is dated 1963. Its medium is offset lithograph on paper.

In this color exercise, Albers demonstrates the phenomenon of after-image, more specifically, reversed after- image. After staring at the image on the left for thirty seconds and shifting your gaze to the center of the white square, the diamond shapes are seen in yellow rather than the expected after-image complement, blue.

It is credited Smithsonian Libraries, ND1489 .A33.

  • Drawing, Package Design
  • brush and gouache, watercolor, silver and gold paint, graphite on white wove....
  • 1973-15-58

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 30.5 × 51 cm (12 in. × 20 1/16 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color.

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