News: Albers Foundation donates painting in support of Studio Wayne McGregor

Tuesday 23 June 2015 by Clare Evans

Studio Wayne McGregor at Here East
Photo: Gilbert McCarragher

The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation has generously donated Josef Albers’ painting Adobe: Purple, 2 Red Browns, Ochre towards the campaign to create Studio Wayne McGregor in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Studio Wayne McGregor will be a world-class arts space, taking residence within Here East, the former Broadcast building from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The first arts organisation to move into the Park, it will be a home for choreographer Wayne McGregor, his company and collaborators, and a new resource for the arts and the communities of east London. Studio Wayne McGregor will support the full breadth of McGregor’s pioneering creative work, and support him in nurturing talent, releasing imagination and fuelling creativity within the arts and beyond. It will be a new model of practice committed to the intimate collaboration of art, technology, communities, enterprise and society.

Josef Albers was born in Bottrop, Germany and originally studied to become a teacher before studying art and entering the Bauhaus from 1920 to 1933. After immigrating to the United States in 1933, Albers taught at Black Mountain College, North Carolina and Yale University, New Haven, where his students included Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Eva Hesse. Both a theoretician and a teacher, Albers was an important influence on generations of young artists. His experimentation with colour interaction and geometric shapes transformed the modern art scene and inspired movements such as Geometric Abstraction, Colour Field painting and Op art.

Wayne McGregor’s connection with the Albers Foundation started in 2012 while working on his piece for San Francisco Ballet, Borderlands, which was inspired by Josef Albers’ paintings. The Albers Foundation subsequently supported McGregor’s company to deliver a Random World project in Senegal, where dancers delivered creative residencies in the villages of Sinthian and Tambacounda; and a creative residency with inmates from Bollate Prison in Milan.

Nicholas Fox Weber, Executive Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, said “The Albers Foundation has donated this painting for the benefit of Studio Wayne McGregor because we feel that the company exemplifies qualities dear to both Josef and Anni Albers: courage, technical skill, originality, a phenomenal sense of artistic beauty, and the ability to celebrate human existence in new and unprecedented ways.”

Josef Albers’ Adobe: Purple, 2 Red Browns, Ochre, 1958, will be offered as part of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction in London on 2 July 2015.
http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2015/contemporary-art-day-auction-l15023/lot.140.html

More information about Studio Wayne McGregor at Here East in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park can be found at: www.randomdance.org

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