On the recommendation of Philip Johnson at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, organizers at Black Mountain College, an experimental school in North Carolina, offered Josef Albers refuge from Nazi Germany to guide the art curriculum at Black Mountain. Josef and his wife, Anni, had both studied at the Bauhaus, a modernist art and design school in Germany, where Josef became a master teacher. The school closed under pressure from the Nazi regime in August 1933, and the Alberses came to North Carolina that fall.
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Josef Albers (; German: [ˈalbɐs]; March 19, 1888 – March 25, 1976) was a German-born artist and educator. The first living artist to be given a solo show at MoMA and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, he taught at the Bauhaus and Black Mountain College, headed Yale University's department of design, and is considered one of the most influential teachers of the visual arts in the twentieth century.
As an artist, Albers worked in several disciplines, including photography, typography, murals and printmaking. He is best known for his work as an abstract painter and a theorist. His book Interaction of Color was published in 1963.